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Bismarck: Pride of the German Navy [Hardcover]

John Asmussen
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30 Oct 2013
Bismarck, the pride of the German navy, displaced more than 50,000 tonnes fully loaded and when commissioned she was the largest warship to date. The Bismarck took part in only one operation that ended with her sinking after just nine days. Three days earlier, she was engaged in a classic naval battle where she sunk Britain's largest warship, the mighty HMS Hood. Follow the fascinating story in Bismarck: Pride of the German Navy, the biggest ever written on the ship. Through photos, illustrations, maps and words, all aspects are described. The book also contains technical specifications, camouflage schemes, wreck photos as well as lists of officers, the fallen crew members and survivors. This is a definitive work, the result of nearly thirty years of study, with 540 illustrations, of which 150 are in colour.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Fonthill Media (30 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781550395
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781550397
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 24.9 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 421,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Asmussen is an amateur naval historian who was studied the battleship Bismarck since 1977. In 2000, he published what today is the premier website on the Bismarck. In 2001-2002, he worked for director James Cameron on a $27.5 million dollar documentary project titled James Cameron's Expedition Bismarck. In June 2002, he dived to the wreck of Bismarck together with Cameron. In 2004, he helped a Norwegian museum to present an exhibition on the Tirpitz.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing. 16 Feb 2014
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This book is a big disappointment. Described in naval forums as a definitive work before publication, I looked forward to this book but it failed to fulfill my expectations. The book is a mixture of previous works and most information can already be found on the internet, with significant parts of the text content originating from the Kbismarck website. There is very little new apart from half a dozen rare photos.
Here are just some of the errors I found:

* A picture of the cruiser Hipper incorrectly captioned as being the Bismarck (page 21).
* Another picture of Captain Lindemann incorrectly captioned (page 26).
* The name of Prinz Eugen's torpedo officer was Sigurd Reinmann, and not Ernst Reinmann as it appears on page 65.
* Incorrect plan of the ship on page 111 (there was no diesel engine room No. 2).
* Two pictures of the Bismarck printed in reverse (page 170).

There are also quite a few typos (on my copy at least), although to be fair these are probably not the author's fault. For example, if you remove the dust cover and take a look at the book's spine, the author's last name is misspelled "Assmussen" with a second "s" after the "A". Another typo- the name of Prinz Eugen's Captain is written "Birkmann" at least once, instead of "Brinkmann" (see page 65).

The chapter dealing with the dives to the wreck I found as self-flattering considering the actual contribution of the author to the expedition. Phrases such as "... I reviewed the wreck footage and compiled a database that was of much assistance to the crew as they were not experts on the Bismarck, and could not identify different parts of the ship", are inappropriate since the expedition team had people like Dr. David Bercuson, Dr.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diffinative - not quite - but dang close 6 Feb 2014
By W. Pollock - Published on Amazon.com
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A wonderfully put together book. Contains all that you can find on his website plus a few extras. If you can own Classic warships 19 and Skwiot's German Capital ships you will have nearly the majority of photos of Bismarck. Line drawings and maps are well presented and of high quality. Colour photos and black and white are clear. It does have some errors, like the colour photos on page 170 reverse imaged of port and starboard, but the same photos are also reproduced exactly the same in Siegried Breyer and Gerhard Koops book "The German Navy at war 1935-1945" on page 99 - so what, Beyer is an authority and if he can get it wrong then Asmussen is in the same league of peers. A book like this will always have some debate, the detractors should have better references than to open mouth before extracting feet. Yes there may be mistakes, so what , others have done the same on a first publish, but theses errors do not detract from the value and worth of this piece. A wonderfully set out book full of information and in all in one place - what more can you ask for. it is not the ultimate definitive work - it does come oh so close . Yes there are lots of books on Bismarck - Garzke, Battleships - Axis and Neutral Battleships in world war II, those mentioned above etc etc, but none of these give a better overall picture and history and look at the Bismarck. Full of photos, details on the armour and guns, 3D models, data. Its a one stop shop book and one well worth having on ones book shelf as reference and reading material. Yes, very highly recommended - you can't go wrong.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best books on Bismarck 9 Jan 2014
By John C. Federhofer - Published on Amazon.com
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Clearly written, good pictures, John Asmussen's work is an outstanding work on the Bismarck. Like his website, it is gives the reader a well-researched treatment of the Bismarck.

I look forward to his book on the Tirpitz.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bismarck,Pride of the German Navy 3 Jan 2014
By M. Clemens - Published on Amazon.com
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I just received my copy of Bismarck,Pride of the German Navy from Amazon. Although I haven't had the time to read the whole book ,from my cursory inspection it appears that the bar has been raised. I have quite a few books on the bismarck and this is so far the best I have seen. Specifications,Photos,(and most of the photos I have never seen before.)paint scheme diagrams,weapons layout diagrams,photos from dives on the sunken ship herself.I would hope that all bismarck aficionados definitely add this book to their library,you won't be disappointed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bismarck pride of the german navy 6 Mar 2014
By Stephane Langlois - Published on Amazon.com
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Exellent book of the Bismarck,grate pictures and documents abolutly magnificent.Greate for reference for bilding any bismarck in any scale.Would recomende to all my friends
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Addition to the Bismarck Canon 2 Mar 2014
By Max Prendergast - Published on Amazon.com
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This abundantly illustrated book is definitely a worthwhile addition to the Bismarck canon. Here’s what you get:
First, 40 pages covering historic background through commissioning.
Next, 60 pages covering the famous sortie into the Atlantic.
These historic sections are heavily photo illustrated, which is both good, but also bad. The photos, while including all the famous ones, do have many not seen in other Bismarck histories. However, the text is actually fairly brief, and while it covers all the essentials, there is not in-depth operational coverage.
Next comes roughly 50 technical pages subdivided into topics like armament, fire control, and boats, and on to topics like anchors and chains, smoke generators, and sound locators (these last are representative of an interesting level of technical detail not easily found elsewhere).
Roughly 10 pages on “Paint Schemes” have nice color profile drawings of Bismarck as painted during all phases of its short career. Elsewhere in the book are color profiles of the Prinz Eugen and even of each of the German destroyers that escorted Bismarck as far as Norway. The Arado floatplanes get color profiles as well. Plus there are a couple of pages capturing the few photos that exist of Bismarck in color.
There is then a short section on James Cameron’s Bismarck diving expedition (in which the author participated) accompanied by eerie underwater color photographs of the wreck (as usual, due to lighting limitations these are always tight shots of fairly small areas).
Twenty pages then offer photos of a couple of outstanding Bismarck models, one in 1:100 scale. Such hyper-detailed models are often the easiest way to visualize key design details, since the photography is inevitably better than it is ever possible to get of an actual ship. (The book is on high quality, but not high gloss, paper, so while photographic fidelity is very good, it is not of the absolute highest possible range.)
Lastly, 40 pages of appendices cover things like ranks, flags, survivors’ names, and other pertinent miscellany.
Overall, a very good book. The huge number of illustrations and level of detail in certain areas make this book well worth a look by modelers and by those fascinated with the dramatic story of this particular ship. Those whose interests are more oriented towards naval or military history may find it just a bit light on substance; hence four stars rather than five.
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