Schlachtschiff TIRPITZ Volume I – The “beast” is born

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ISBN 978-3-9817358-0-2
  • hardcover, glossy, 21 x 30 cm
  • 175 pages, satin, 150 g paper
  • more than 300 mostly unpublished photos
  • perspective representations of the fitting-out stages
    and the camouflage schemes of the battleship
  • historical maps of port facilities
  • maps of the ship’s movements

and much more …

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This first volume addresses both building and fitting-out of the largest and most powerful European

battleship of WWII. For this purpose, hitherto unpublished photographic material in high quality and

quantity illustrates the life of this once proud and mighty warship.

After years of research and the evaluation of historic documents – such as the numerous war diaries of

ships and other administrative bodies involved – nearly the entire range of photos could be associated

to certain locations and time frames. Therefore the photos are chronologically arranged as if viewed in

a time-lapse; from the ship’s launch in Wilhelmshaven, its fitting-out and transfer to the Baltic Sea via

the narrow Kaiser-Wilhelm-Kanal (Kiel Canal) and Hitler’s visit and inspection of the ship in Gdynia

(renamed Gotenhafen by the occupying Germans).

The photos are supplemented by detailed technical information and perspective illustrations depicting

individual stages of fitting-out and camouflage scheme, plus maps showing the Wilhelmshaven and

Gotenhafen port facilities and transfer routes in between. Furthermore, photos of past and present are

shown side-by-side for comparison purposes in order to identify the individual berths and anchorages

of the largest German battleship in service.

Despite having been a German warship, the battleship TIRPITZ – and of course her famous sistership

BISMARCK – still receives worldwide attention today. For this reason the German texts and captions

are accompanied by their respective English translations to make this historic period of the German

Kriegsmarine linguistically applicable to non-German readers.

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Weight 1.1 kg

2 reviews for Schlachtschiff TIRPITZ Volume I – The “beast” is born

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bill Pollock

    What a wonderful book. Fantastic, wonderful work. Well set out and oh so much information. You have raised the bench mark to new heights.

    So very very happy. Book arrived safe and sound. I look forward to the second part.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Parker

    Since I’m a big fan of everything with big guns, I jumped in the middle and ordered this new book. There are not too many good books about the mightiest German WWII battlewagon out there, but since its story had always fascinated me, I gave it a try.

    First of all, the book is a pictorial, meaning that it tells the story of the vessel by means of photos. Well, since we all know the works of Wiper, Peillard, Koop, Brown, Brenneke and Asmussen – just to name a few – I did not really expect something new. So I flipped through the pages quite fast, but as soon as I realized that the few photos I already knew where captioned with much more information than what is known from other sources, I put the book away and gave it a closer look the next evening. My plan was to compare it to the Tirpitz books I have on my shelf and to information from various English online sources. This plan failed, because the new book uses about 300 photos to tell the story of the ship from the construction (started 1936) to its first stay in Gotenhafen (May 1941). The other sources – in average – cover this time frame with just a couple of pages or photos, and with even less or doubtful wishy-washy information.

    Now, for example, who needs so many photos showing the ship being moved from one basin to another within the port of Wilhelmshaven? This is quite an unimportant and less glamorous part of a battleship’s life, but the real treasure behind it lies in the information provided in the captions. Study them carefully, and with the help of the accompanying maps everything comes together. This, plus the sheer amount of never-published photos, makes it so valuable. To be honest, I liked the parts of the book showing the completed ship and its movements. I never knew that it ran aground after leaving Wilhelmshaven (twice; shortly after departure, then in Kiel Canal).

    There are bits and pieces for everyone:

    for the people living in the northern parts of Germany (or the Allies staying there after the war, looking at previous (or still present!) buildings and streets/names);

    for those who always wanted to know what other vessels are visible in those (few known) photos;

    for the brave RAF pilots, who flew recon- and attack missions against German ports very early in the war;

    for those interested in fitting-out stages (great 3D-images), for model builders (colorful camouflage schemes);

    for those interested in the life on board (some rare inside photos);

    for those interested in the floatplanes (how the heck did they move a plane from the catapult to the hangar and back?); and the list goes on.

    There is no knowledge of German language required; about 99% of the book has been translated into English. Those who wonder about the numerous names of places kept in the original language will find their way through the maps provided. Only the list of German abbreviations may remain impossible to decrypt.

    I highly recommend this book, and I’m really looking forward to receiving future volumes. The authors raised the bar, set a new standard, and if they continue their work like this, I expect about four volumes in total. I assume, since the story of the Tirpitz got more interesting (how inappropriate this sounds) through the course of the war, future volumes will be even better. At least the teaser for Vol. II is very promising…

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