The Illustrated History of the German Navy in WW2
Editor - Robert Jackson
Review by Shane Jenkins
This 178 page book covers the Kriegsmarine from the death of the High Seas Fleet at Scapa Flow after the WW1 Armistice was signed to the end of WW2. Including chapters covering U-Boats, Commerce Raiders, S-Boats, Capital ships, Cruisers and Destroyers and finally Escort craft. It is profusely illustrated throughout with over 250 photos of which over 200 are claimed to be previously unpublished.
The new photos generally consist of general naval personnel shots, which while they may not be of much use to ship modellers, historians and figure modellers will find them useful. Those ship modellers who build in the larger scales will find that there are some great detail shots covering various ships which will be a boon to many.
The text whilst general in parts, is informative and well written. There is some overlap in the chapters with different chapters covering the same ships. This is especially noticeable in those chapters covering commerce raiders, capital ships and cruisers.
This book is well produced with good quality images and will be of great use to those either starting out modelling ships of the Kreigsmarine or those after a general history on it. Those people wanting something more in depth may benefit, but will need to check it out first.
Recommended with the above caveat
ISBN: 0 7603 1026 2