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German Battlecruisers of World War One: Their Design, Construction and Operations
by Gary Staff
This is the most comprehensive study yet in the English language of the German Imperial Navy's battlecruisers that served in the First World War. Known as Panzerkreuzer, literally 'armored cruiser', the eight ships of the class were to be involved in several early North Sea skirmishes before the great pitched battle of Jutland where they inflicted devastating damage on the ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2014 by Seaforth Publishing
(first published July 30th 2014)
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The books published by the Naval Institute Press have been quite uneven in quality of printing, text, research, illustrations, and technical information. I am happy to report this book is excellent in every way. A lavish Chapter is devoted to each of the seven German Battlecruisers completed between 1909 and 1917 in chronological order, beginning with SMS von der Tann and ending with SMS Hindenburg. There are also two chapters one each on ships that were never completed and one for designs that ...more
Absolutely fantastic. Gary Staff does for the German battlecruisers of World War 1 what R. A. Burt did for British battleships and battlecruisers, but in a more readable and accessible format. The photos are wonderful, the rendered ship illustrations are excellent, and the descriptions of the ships' operational histories are excellent. A must-have for naval buffs.