Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class: The Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: The Backbone of the German Surface Forces At the Outbreak of War by Gerhard Koop & Klaus-Peter Schmolke

Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class: The Scharnhorst and Gneisenau: The Backbone of the German Surface Forces At the Outbreak of War by Gerhard Koop & Klaus-Peter Schmolke soon to be presented for sale on the outstanding BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Greenhill Books, 1999, Hardback in dust wrapper.

First in this edition. [First: Koblenz: Bernard & Graefe, 1991, as Die Schlachtschiffe der Scharnhorst-Klasse] Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Graphs; Maps; Tables; Plans;

From the cover:

  • Valuable reference work on two formidable German warships
  • Superbly illustrated throughout with hundreds of rare photographs
  • Detailed history of the wartime careers of both battleships

The Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau were a key part of Germanys struggle to wrest control of the sea at the outbreak of World War II. Each was superbly equipped and armed, and designed to cause maximum disruption to Allied shipping.

This fully illustrated reference book traces the development of the two ships, from inception before World War II to the scuttling of the Gneisenau in 1945 and the loss of the Scharnhorst (and nearly 2000 officers and men) to Allied destroyers on 26 December 1943. Making use of outstanding technical drawings, Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class provides precise specifications for the ships with extensive notes on design and layout.

The ships service histories are also detailed, the authors drawing on extracts from official reports and the ships logs to emphasise particular actions such as the sinking of HMS Glorious, Acasta and Ardent off Norway in 1940, and the famous Channel Dash of February 1942 making this a comprehensive illustrated guide to two formidable ships.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper which is very slightly faded at the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 175 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 8″.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I beguile you with my offerings from hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Military Naval catalogue?

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