Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class -

Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class

By Gerhard Koop, Klaus-Peter Schmolke



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The warships of the World War II era German Navy are among the most popular subject in naval history with an almost uncountable number of books devoted to them. However, for a concise but authoritative summary of the design history and careers of the major surface ships it is difficult to beat a series of six volumes written by Gerhard Koop and illustrated by Klaus-Peter Schmolke. Each contains an account of the development of a particular class, a detailed description of the ships, with full technical details, and an outline of their service, heavily illustrated with plans, battle maps and a substantial collection of photographs. These have been out of print for ten years or more and are now much sought after by enthusiasts and collectors, so this new modestly priced reprint of the series will be widely welcomed. Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, the subject of this volume, were the product of a long, involved and politically determined design process that saw them develop from an improved Pocket Battleship to what many described as a battlecruiser, although they were really fast battleships. They were the most active, and successful, of the Kriegesmarine's major warships, taking part in numerous famous operations, including the infamous 'Channel Dash'. AUTHOR: Gerhard Koop served in both the Kriegesmarine and the postwar Bundesmarine, and became one of German's leading authorities on warship design and the author of numerous highly regarded books. His collaborator, Klaus-Peter Schmolke, was well-known for the detail and accuracy of his technical drawings. SELLING POINTS: Reprint of a series constituting the best all round monographs on German surface warships First editions command a high premium on the secondhand market Large format affordable paperback 249 photographs, 36 line drawings and 3 maps

Product code: 9781848321922

ISBN 9781848321922
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H248xW196
No. Of Pages 176
Publisher Pen & Sword Books Ltd
Reprint of a series constituting the best all-round monographs on German surface warships