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Title:
Battleships of the Scharnhorst class : the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau ; the backbone of the German surface forces at the outbreak of war
Author:
Koop, Gerhard.
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Uniform Title:
Schlachtschiffe der Scharnhorst-Klasse. English
Publication Information:
London : Greenhill, 1999.
Physical Description:
175 pages : illustrations, maps, plans, portraits ; 26 cm
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781853673658

9781557500458
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Book

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Summary

"The Scharnhorst and the Gneisenau were a key part of Germany's struggle to wrest control of the sea at the outbreak of World War II. Each was superbly equipped and armed, and designed to cause maximum disruption to Allied shipping." "This fully illustrated reference book traces the development of the two ships, from inception before World War II to the scuttling of the Gneisenau in 1945 and the loss of the Scharnhorst (and nearly 2000 officers and men) to Allied destoyers on 26 December 1943. Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class provides precise specifications for the ships with extensive notes on design and layout." "The ships' service histories are also detailed, the authors drawing on extracts from official reports and the ships' logs to emphasise particular actions."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


Author Notes

Gerhard Koop served in the Kriegsmarine in World War II. Klaus-Peter Schmolke is well known for the detail and accuracy of his technical drawings. They are the authors of the companion volume Battleships of the Bismarck Class.


Table of Contents

Forewordp. 7
Development and Constructionp. 9
Scharnhorst Class: Technical Specificationsp. 12
Scale Plans: Scharnhorstp. 31
Camouflage Schemesp. 34
The Battleship Gneisenaup. 36
Origin of the Name: August Wilhelm Anton Graf Neidhardt von Gneisenaup. 54
The Battleship Scharnhorstp. 95
Origin of the Name: Gerhard Johann von Scharnhorstp. 117
Conclusionsp. 162
Appendicesp. 169
Bibliographyp. 171
Index of Shipsp. 173
About the Authorsp. 175