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German Naval Guns (Hardback)


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By Miroslaw Skwiot
Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781848320802
Published: 28th March 2011



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This hugely comprehensive encyclopaedia covers every German artillery piece mounted afloat during the Second World War, from the huge 15-inch (380mm) guns carried by the Bismarck to the smallest machine gun used by coastal forces. All marks and variations of these weapons are described individually, including their mountings and the ammunition fired, with extensive tabular data, but the feature that makes this book unique is the range, precision and detail of the illustrations.Almost every known close-up photo of these weapons is included, usually reproduced large enough to see every detail, plus accurate three-view drawings perfect for modelling purposes. However, the most spectacular element of the illustration is provided by computer-generated full colour representations of the guns and their mountings, seen from every conceivably useful angle. The number of illustrations of all kinds totals well over 1000, making this the most thorough and complete reference available to modelmakers, enthusiasts and naval historians.

All in all, it is a very good work that is not
to be missed

STORIA militare, June 2017 – reviewed by Maurizio Brescia

A visual work hard to overcome. Essential for the modeller or historian. I have not seen anything like it .

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Spanish to English translation available

José Manuél Rico Cortés (Mister JM) - Miniaturas JM

The total number of illustrations is well over 1000 making this book by Miroslaw Skwiot without doubt the most comprehensive and complete reference work available to model makers, enthusiasts and naval historians, that I have ever seen.

Model Boats magazine, May 2016 - John Deamer

This is a really quite spectacular version. It fully deserves the praise appearing on the back cover. This is quite a book, a most impressive production.

The Northern Mariner

The superb illustrations contribute very largely to its success. The photographs are supplemented by detailed plans and drawings of the main types of gun and mounting, and by computer - generated illustrations from all angles. These illustrations are in colour and include renderings of the badges mounted prewar on some individually named turrets. This book is essential reading for any student of naval guns, while anyone interested in the wartime German Navy will find a photographic record of the Kriegsmarine which rivals that in any other publication. Those who already have all four parts of the Polish/English bilingual edition may hesitate, but the hardback will certainly outlast them, and for its size the book is very reasonably priced.

Warship – Naval Books of the Year

An extremely detailed book in the extensive armament of the Kriegsmarine during the Second World War. It is magnificently illustrated with over a thousand diagrams, plans and photographs. The book easily achieves the detailed standard of a technical handbook or gun manual. The book is beautifully laid out to Seaforth's traditional high standards and is strongly recommended.


This is, in my opinion, an excellent book and well worth the price. Miroslaw Skwiot is a Polish expert on World War Two naval technology, and having read through this book, I can believe it. I enjoyed reading this book and found it interesting and informative, one that has engaged and fascinated me and one that I will keep dipping into again and again.


This is an extremely detailed book. His mastery of technical details is most impressive...strongly recommended.

John Roberts, Scuttlebutt

This large format hardback book is a collection of what were originally published in the AJ Press series in 4 volumes, but you can now have them all together in one, in this new 2011 edition from Seaforth Publishing. It is broken down into four sections, with Heavy Guns, Medium Guns, 105mm and 88mm Guns and finally Light Anti-Aircraft Guns. A simple but effective arrangement if you like, starting with the biggest and working downwards.

The author is an expert on the German Navy of WW2, and his fascination with the subject and the time he has taken to assemble and check all this information is very clear. This is very much a complete encyclopedia on the German Naval Gun in WW2. The whole book is heavily illustrated throughout, with a lot of the simply stunning computer generated 3D illustrations in full colour.

For an enthusiast, the mix of photos, the computer generated images and the authoritative text makes some fascinating reading. For the modeleller, it is hard not to be impressed by the sheer number and variety of gun mountings that are carried on the decks and superstructures of these large battleships. This is a great book to have on hand.


The most striking thing about this book is the illustrations. There are a great number of photographs, the majority, not surprisingly, being onboard shots of the gun mountings, but also including some lovely photographs of the complete ship. There are also a number of views of computer generated 3D models of the mountings which show a great amount of detail, frequently not obvious in photographs, which will be a great help to any modeller.

For those intending to model any WWII German warship, this book is a must.

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About Miroslaw Skwiot

Miroslaw Skwiot is a Polish expert on World War Two naval technology, and has written many monographs on both warships and weapon systems.

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