Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper Class (Paperback)
Warships of the Kriegsmarine
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.
This volume covers the Admiral Hipper class, among the largest heavy cruisers to serve in World War II. Intended to be a class of five, they enjoyed contrasting fortunes: Seydlitz and Lützow were never completed; Blücher was the first major German warship sunk in action; Admiral Hipper became one of the most successful commerce raiders of the war; while the Prinz Eugen survived to be expended as a target in one of the first American nuclear tests in 1946.
This is a complete and exhaustive book, with an excellent iconography (unfortunately only in black and white, including the camouflage patterns of the Hipper and the Prinz Eugen), rich in data and little-known elements and which is highly recommendable also in terms of its price.STORIA militare no. 311 (August 2019)
There are some impressive photos, including valuable pictures of the interior of the Prinz Eugen. This is an excellent entry in a very high quality series.www.historyofwar.org
As with other books in this series, there is 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 all of which is illustrated with plans, battle maps and a substantial collection of photographs. Excellent!Marine News
These superb books have been repackaged by Seaforth Publishing from the German language originals produced in the 1990s. Billed as concise, they offer an immensely interesting look at different types of vessels in Nazi service and cover the full aspect of these ships from drawing board to destiny. The individual ship histories are fascinating and there is a wealth of detail that should satisfy any bathtub admiral playing battleships with the soap and sponge.War History Online
Seaforth naval books have always been a welcome sight on my doormat and these titles entirely live up to the standard aficionados will recognise. I cannot fault them.