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German Destroyers of World War II [Paperback]

Gerhard Koop , Klaus-Peter Schmolke
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30 Jun 2014
The warships of the World War II era German Navy are among the most popular subject in naval history with an almost uncountable number of books devoted to them. However, for a concise but authoritative summary of the design history and careers of the major surface ships it is difficult to beat a series of six volumes written by Gerhard Koop and illustrated by Klaus-Peter Schmolke. Each contains an account of the development of a particular class, a detailed description of the ships, with full technical details, and an outline of their service, heavily illustrated with plans, battle maps and a substantial collection of photographs. These have been out of print for ten years or more and are now much sought after by enthusiasts and collectors, so this new modestly priced reprint of the series will be widely welcomed. All the 40 or so German destroyers that saw service during the war are detailed in this book, including captures ships. Chapters range from their design and development, armament and machinery, to appearance differences, camouflage schemes and modifications. It also covers their careers and the many actions they fought, all illustrated with plans, technical drawings, maps, and a comprehensive gallery of photographs.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (30 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321937
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321939
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GERHARD KOOP served in both the Kriegesmarine and the postwar Bundesmarine, and became one of German's leading authorities on warship design and the author of numerous highly regarded books. His collaborator, KLAUS-PETER SCHMOLKE, was well-known for the detail and accuracy of his technical drawings.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good guide. 23 July 2011
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A book which provides a good over view of the German Destroyer force - I would prefer Michael Whitney's book to be honest - it provides a more complete study but please do not discount this one.
if you buy this book you will not get an operational history , you will get a good account of the ships of each class and the nature of the vessels.
I would say this is a book which will read well and give you its best if you are reading it / using it alongside other works.
Worth the money - yes I would say it is worth obtaining but shop around ( in case prices rise, this series is now out of print), the Amazon price ( at time of purchase) was hard to beat to be honest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the series so far 22 July 2009
By Bill Hensler - Published on Amazon.com
The author gives us a really good overview of the Destroyers that Germany had in WWII. In Pocketbattlships of WWII the author has fairly poor drawings. In this book a person gets enough information to make a good model of the ship. Also, the Author will show the difference between the various "Narvic" ships of the Narvic class.

The book itself is broken up in near chapters. First, the reader is given a back ground into the effects of the treaty ending the Great War and how that limited the German Navy. Second, the reader is given a chapter of the design and building of the Narvic and other types of German ships. Then the Author gives a short history on all the Destroyers that Germany built in WWII. Yes, every destroyer gets a write up.

I've never read such a good analysis of German ship construction. Now, the German destroyers were all very well armed, some were the equal of an American light cruiser (155mm guns X 6). But the trouble is the hulls were small and the power plants were dreadful. Many times the power plants of the German destroyers would blow a steam tube just before going into battle (a good way to quickly lose a fight). The Author says the British "Tribal" class destroyers never had an engine breakdown before a fight. Honestly, I can say I've never read such a thing about American cruisers, destroyers, or carriers. Indeed, American carriers were extremely sturdy. German engines were cranky and more than once put their crews at risk. Gerhard does an excellent job of showing the short comings of the German navy in WWII.

I highly recommend this book. It will give a student of the German WWII Kreigsmarine an excellent overview of the main type of combat ship the Germans used in WWII, a look into its design history, and the operational development in the ships.

Five stars and its well worth the money.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking camo schemes 5 May 2008
By Javier Martinez Casares - Published on Amazon.com
I've bough this book when I was looking for german destroyers camo schemes. Althugh small in numbers of pages I like toomuch de detailed presentation of German destroyers evolution since 1934 up to the end of the war, and also a history of each one of the vessels included some captured destroyers that were in Kriegsmarine service. In all I've enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great source for German destroyers in WWII 20 July 2010
By Wulfmann - Published on Amazon.com
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As a pseudo naval historian and one who has written magazine and newspaper stories on naval history I can highly recommend this study of the Kriegsmarine destroyers in WWII......... The destroyers of all navies in that conflict have often been overlooked so finding good data both technical and operational can be nearly impossible........ In this book you will find many answers to details about the often over rated and as often under rated German destroyers........... No collection on German warships of the second world war should be without this important source..........
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 25 Aug 2014
By T. Palmer - Published on Amazon.com
good series
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