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German Battleships 1939-45

Paperback (48 pages), kindle
The design, development and operational use of the battleships used by the Kriegsmarine.

German Battleships 1939-45

In this, the first of a five volume series covering the capital ships of the German Navy of World War II, Gordon Williamson examines the design, development and operational use of the battleships used by the Kriegsmarine. The ‘Schlesien’ and ‘Schleswig-Hostein’ were used mostly as training ships until the end of the war when they took part in bombardment of Soviet troop movements in East Prussia. The ‘Scharnhorst’ had a successful career until her sinking at the battle of the North Cape, and the ‘Gneisenau’ with her ignominious end as a block-ship. Bismarck's short but glorious career and Tirpitz's lonely vigil in Norway's distant Fjords until sunk by RAF bombers using the massive 'Tallboy' bombs are also covered.

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The Bismarck...

  • 14 Feb 39: The Bismarck is launched
  • 24 May 41: The Bismarck sinks the HMS Hood
  • 26 May 41: The Bismarck is attacked and damaged
  • 27 May 41: The crippled Bismarck is scuttled and sunk

Other German Battleships...

  • 04 Feb 41: Scharnhorst and Gneisenau sail into the Atlantic
  • 12 Nov 44: RAF Lancasters sink the Tirpitz in Norwegian fjord

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