For half a century German warship camouflage has been something of a mystery for warship enthusiasts and modelmakers. The widespread destruction of naval archives at the end of the war left little documentation, while the ad hoc application of ‘unofficial’ schemes in theatres like Norway led to many variegated and frequently altered patterns. This book, therefore, is based on close scrutiny of all available photos, including many only recently discovered, collated with the first-hand testimony of Kriegsmarine survivors. After decades of study, the authors are the world’s leading experts, and their work challenges many accepted views, while greatly expanding the general understanding of the subject.
The fruits of their labours are presented in the form of exquisite colour illustrations of every scheme and variation for which evidence is available. For major ships these are sometimes only months apart, giving as complete a representation of their camouflage history as possible. There are no speculative views – if, for example, only the starboard side is known, there is no attempt to ‘reconstruct’ a port side – so all information is reliable.
This volume covers destroyers and all larger ships during the early war years, with a second part devoted to 1942-45 planned for completion in 2013. For warship enthusiasts its publication will be a major event, and it is certain to become the standard reference.
This book is the most authoritative and comprehensive volume ever published about the colour and camouflage schemes of the Kriegsmarine during 1939-41. Throughout the book, the superb colour illustrations are dated precisely with appropriate modifications... [read full review]Marine News
Individual colour schemes worn by every major German surface warship during the early years of World War II are described in this well-laid out volume which will appeal particularly to model makers.Ships Monthly – April 2013
For unparalleled coverage of Germany's Kriegsmarine in the early years look no farther than 'German Naval Camouflage Vol 1939 – 1941. This astonishing book gives over 100 full colour plates of schemes all precisely dated... [read full review]Marine Model Magazine November 2011
For anyone about to embark on the journey of Kriegsmarine (German Navy) modelling, this book should not be missed. Via beautiful profile and plan (and selective four-view) illustrations, it portrays the many vessels operated by... [read full review]Airfix Model World
This fascinating book will be a great help to anybody modelling a German warship of destroyer size or greater. All together, a very useful book which makes interesting reading even if you are not building... [read full review]International Plastics Modellers Society
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