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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (20 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780960964
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780960968
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.8 x 24.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 30 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific. He is also the author of several wargames. Ian Palmer is a highly experienced digital artist. A graduate in 3D Design, he currently works as Art Director for a leading UK games developer. Besides his artistic interests he is also a keen musician and motorcyclist.

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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Stolk TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 Dec. 2013
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In "British Battlecruiser versus German Battlecruiser: 1914-16, " author Mark Stille provides (in the 80-pages Osprey Duel Series-format) an enthralling account of the clash between the rival battlecruisers of the Royal Navy and the Kaiserliche Marine at the height of World War I. The battlecruiser was the brainchild of the visionary British admiral John 'Jacky' Fisher; sea battles at Dogger Bank and Jutland revealed critical firepower, armor, and speed differences in Royal Navy and Kaiserliche Marine (Imperial German Navy) battlecruiser designs.

Common perception is, that the sinking of the three Royal Navy battlecruisers at Jutland was caused mainly due to their "thin skins" (insufficient deck armor). As the then First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, put it (the Lion-class battlecruisers were called "Splendid Cats"): "Our beautiful "Cats" had thin skins compared to the enemy's strongest battleships. It is a rough game to pit ... seven or nine inches of armour against twelve or thirteen". While true up to a point, author Stille provides enough evidence to support his assertion that other factors also played a major part in the disastrous destruction of these ships (British losses: 3,309 men killed, with only 11 survivors).

In a brief introduction, Mark Stille sketches how the concept of the battlecruiser came to be in "the Fleet that Jack built". The introduction is followed by a concise comparison of the differences in design and development as well as the armament of the British and German "knights of the fleet", as they were known, and their intended employment as a reconnaissance force, although this is not how they were used.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Waggo60 on 13 Dec. 2014
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Useful reference book for facts and figures about battle cruisers but the story telling has been much better told by Richard Hough or Robert Massie in their books about the sea battles during the first world war.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deek on 29 Sept. 2014
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A well written book. Full of interesting facts. Good use of photographs and diagrams to illustrate main points. A good book for students of naval history.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael H. on 30 Oct. 2014
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interesting presentation
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Comber on 19 July 2014
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Nothing we didnt already know here but all othe aspects excellent
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