Battleship Bismarck : A Survivor's Story
by Burkard, Freiherr Von Mullenheim-Rechberg, et al (Hardcover - December 1990)
Battleship Bismarck: A Survivor's Story is a master piece of naval history. I have read this book several times and each time I have come away with more knowledge about Operation Rhine. The book is complete with details of the launch of the Bismarck at the Blohm & Voss Ship yards to its final destruction in the north Atlantic. The author has been very objective in his account of the Bismarck's maiden and final voyage. I also recommend the book "Pursuit" by Ludovick Kennedy which details the British side of this naval hunt.
Naval Warfare played a decisive role in deciding World War II. In this new study, naval historian Bernard Ireland reveals the critical elements that determined the war at sea. He investigates how German U-boats came perilously close to snapping Britain's Atlantic lifeline, and why the submarines were eventually defeated. By contrast, America submarines inflicted such devastating losses on Japanese merchant shipping that the Japanese war economy collapsed. In Europe and the Pacific, the Allies had to develop new techniques of amphibious warfare if they were to defeat their opponents. Airpower came to dominate the naval war: growing from a useful adjunct to fleet operations, it became a decisive weapon in itself, relegating the great battleships to subordinate roles. Airpower, convoys, amphibious assaults and submarine operations: these were the vital areas of the naval war. Failure in any one element would mean losing the war.
History is presented in many forms. I still remember my 6th grade
history class test, with a list of dates on the right, and historical events
on the left. My task was to draw lines between the two. I succeeded in drawing
the lines, but I didn't make the connection. Battleship Musashi
transends a "list of dates"; launch, displacement, number of guns (it's all
there too). I am presented with the flesh and blood of the ship and it's
crew, in a way that I have not experienced before from historical
essays. The writer shows me the minds of the people and
government involved with the ship, and though I know the final outcome for
Musashi, I was rivited to the account. In my opinion, this
is a must-read book for those interested in history, Japan, political science,
or simply want a good spy story to curl up with!
Fast, compact and formidable, destroyers were in the thick of the action in every theater of operations during the Second World War. They performed a wide range of duties, often of the most hazardous nature. Not only were they assigned to escort the main battle fleets into action, but they were called upon to escort convoys and protect them from attacks by aircraft and submarines.
Illustrated with hundreds of photographs and line drawings, this reprint of the popular 1988 book comprehensively details in one volume all the destroyers built between 1939 and 1945 by the navies of the world. Each class is described under three headings: design, modification, and service. The author, a leading World War II historian, provides a wealth of data on each ship's builder, dimensions, armament, performance, and fate as well as keel-laying, launch, and commissioning dates. Such a detailed record of these highly effective, versatile ships will prove invaluable to warship enthusiasts everywhere.
Encompassing more than six thousand warships from all the countries involved in World War II, this extensively illustrated reference provides complete statistics, descriptions, and specifications for battleships, aircraft carriers, destroyers, and more.
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