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Secret Projects of the Kriegsmarine (Hardback)

Unseen Designs of Nazi Germany's Navy

Military > Greenhill Books WWII

By Alessio Sgarlato, Nico Sgarlato
Greenhill Books
Pages: 216
ISBN: 9781784386870
Published: 2nd March 2022



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The Secret Projects of the German Kriegsmarine in World War II gives a comprehensive overview of advanced German naval building, and excitingly includes previously unseen, secret projects. This book is relatively short, yet densely packed with historical naval insight. It will thus appeal to the busy reader interested in boat modelling, or indeed anyone who is fascinated with naval warfare. The designs covered by the title are wide-ranging, from U-boats and hydrofoils, to submarines, explosive motorboats and even aircraft carriers.

Not simply presenting information on functioning prototypes, this book highlights a number of theoretical projects for hydrofoils, landing craft and heavy surface units, among many others. Also included are technical examinations of the ‘Z-Plan’ Kreigsmarine build up and the ill-fated Graf Zeppelin, which was abandoned halfway through the war, amid wrangling between the Kriegsmarine and Luftwaffe.

Secret Projects of the German Kriegsmarine in World War II features little-studied designs, like tracked amphibious vehicles equipped with breathing gear, as well as the Luftwaffe-designed Siebel ferries that saw considerable service on the Eastern front. All the information is extremely well-illustrated, being accompanied by detailed drawings, action-packed photographs and artist’s impressions of the different crafts. The historical snapshots, combined with modern, labelled drawings, help to put the past in perspective and bring to life the naval building projects.

The authors have done great service to historians interested in advanced projects in World War 2 and it presents many lessons that can be learnt by modern day designers so that they do not repeat the lessons that were learnt by the Germans all those years ago. In short, this is a very interesting book, it is well presented, and the authors have done some marvellous research. If advanced naval technology appeals to you then this book is a “must have” for your library.

Dr Stuart C Blank, Military Archive Research

This book is very interesting, revealing virtually previously unknown secret programmes of Nazi Germany, concerning underwater and surface craft of the Second World War.

The authors have contributed a valuable resource of documentary evidence which is worthy addition to maritime naval history.

Roger Coleman, The Wessex Branch of the Western Front Association

Extraordinary designs for secret German naval marine craft - gloriously well-illustrated and absolutely fascinating, the kind of thing you used to see in boys' comic book annuals...

Books Monthly

This book offers plans for everything from battleships and aircraft carriers to submarines, hydrofoils and landing craft. To back this up you get schematics and a number of intriguing photos, especially of piloted torpedoes.

The Armourer June 2022

"This book is fascinating, highlighting the many attempts made to develop different approaches to naval warfare, that would surprise and defeat the major naval power of Great Britain."

Les Brown, Small Warships

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