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The Battleship Scharnhorst Inbunden – 19 Januari 2021
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A highly detailed study of the World War II German battleship that sparred with the British Royal Navy from 1939-43.
The Kriegsmarine's Scharnhorst was a German capital ship, described either as a battleship or battlecruiser, and the lead ship of her class, which included one other ship, Gneisenau. She was launched on 3 October 1936 and completed in January 1939, armed with nine 28cm C/34 guns in three triple turrets. She operated with Gneisenau for much of the early portion of World War II, including sorties into the Atlantic to raid British merchant shipping. They took part in Operation Weserübung (April-June 1940), the German invasion of Norway during which they sank the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious and her escort destroyers Acasta and Ardent. Scharnhorst also sank HMS Rawalpindi in November 1939. In early 1943, Scharnhorst joined the Tirpitz in Norway to intercept Allied convoys to the Soviet Union. On a sortie from Norway to attack a convoy, the German force was intercepted by British ships and during the Battle of the North Cape (26 December 1943), HMS Duke of York and her escorts sank Scharnhorst and most of her crew was lost.
This is the most comprehensive examination of Scharnhorst ever published, drawing on new research and technology to tell the full story of the ship. It includes a complete set of detailed line drawings with fully descriptive keys and full-color artwork, supported by technical details, photographs, and text on the building of the ship, as well as a record of her service history.
- Utgivare : Osprey Publishing (19 Januari 2021)
- Språk : Engelska
- Inbunden : 336 sidor
- ISBN-10 : 1472840232
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472840233
- Rangordning för bästsäljare: #70,418 i Böcker (Visa Topp 100 i Böcker)
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The format follows the now well-established Anatomy of the Ship series, started by Conway Maritime Press, and now under the auspices of Osprey Publishing. The most significant difference between the original series and those now published by Osprey is the inclusion of full-colour three-dimensional illustrations. These add substantially to the reader’s understanding of the design and layout of the ship. Furthermore, these three-dimensional illustrations will help those less familiar with the reading of two-dimensional ship plans.
The book starts with a summary history of the ship, her technical details and a chronological summary of her service career. This section is supported by numerous black-and-white photographs, some of which have not been widely published in the past. The opening section is followed by the general arrangement drawings, measured drawings of all fittings, and the colour illustrations. This is the major and most important part of the book.
What is missing are details of the actual structure of the ship. Whilst the building of the Scharnhorst did not introduce any innovative building techniques, it would have made the book even more complete if structural drawings and illustrations had been included. However, this is a relatively minor omission, and probably of more interest to those studying naval architecture, even from an historical perspective. Unlike some books in the Anatomy series, there are also no large scale perspective illustrations of compartments such as the crew’s accommodation, and how they were fitted out. However, it could be that such detailed shipbulider’s draughts may not have survived the intensive RAF bombing campaign during the Second World War, when, for obvious reasons, German shipyards were a prime target.
Also missing are detailed measured drawings and illustrations of the ship’s engines and auxiliary machinery. Some readers, particularly those who have the Conway Anatomy books by Ross Watton, will find this omission makes the Osprey books incomplete, and therefore not deserving of five stars. However, whilst the omission of machinery details does mean this new series is indeed less than complete, this does not of itself detract from the overall value of the new series, and the book under review in particular.
The use of three-dimensional, full-colour illustrations covers every compartment and fitting, with extensive detail on the ship’s armament. In many cases the same section or fitting is shown from different viewpoints, making this an invaluable reference source for model makers and marine artists. An example of the level of detail may be found in the illustrations of the Arado AR196 floatplane. In addition to detailed and traditional line drawings, showing profile, plan, sections, etc, etc, including the catapult, there are no less than eleven three-dimensional illustrations of the aircraft!
If there is one minor criticism about the three-dimensional, full-colour illustrations is that some are on the dark side, making it slightly difficult to differentiate details. This is particularly evident on the illustrations of the superstructure when the ship was camouflaged in 1942. This might be something the author could address in the future if he writes any further studies on individual ships. Obviously reading the book in good light is a solution!
This book is highly recommended! It is, in one word, outstanding! And this reviewer hopes that the author, Stefan Draminski, will eventually turn his attention to a comparable study of the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen! Or even a combined study on the Royal Navy’s C and D-class destroyers from the 1930s!
The sectional views are all pc generated and are the main strength of the book , it is an exceptionally well put together work and presents very good value for money.
Worth every penny of my money and a delight to read and look at.
Loads of information, loads of great pictures and 3D drawings, perfect model making referrence.