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Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper Class (Paperback)

Warships of the Kriegsmarine

Seaforth Naval

Seaforth Publishing
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781848321953
Published: 22nd July 2014

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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.

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

Really great!

Firtrench

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.

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.

War History Online
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