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The Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943 (Campaign Chronicle) Paperback – 21 Jul 2011

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Military (21 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184884557X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848845572
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 1.6 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,173 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the 1950's the BBC broadcast a documentary about this battle of which I remember little except the appalling death rate of the German seamen.
This book is short and punchy and is an exciting a read as you could wish for. It is detailed and I do not always follow the nautical turns and direction shifting but that did not matter because I understood the rest.
The one thing wrong is that are no references as to sources - amajor weakness.
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Konstam's book captures the tension and drama of the german capitol ship's fatal attempt to deal a death blow to the Allied Artic convoys. While following the stories of the opposing ships and crews, it highlights that Luck and Commander's abilities make victories and poor co-ordination can result in bitter defeat.

A worthy review of the last kreigsmarine sortie of a capitol ship during world war 2.
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An absolutely brilliant book. I have also read the story of PQ17, The Battle of The Barents Sea "Red Sky in the Morning" and another about the Russian Convoys so I knew the brief detail before I started. But this book sets the scene from the start very well. It is very descriptive of the way the convoy set out into a heavy sea and the raging gale, Admiral Burnett's cruiser force leaving Russia, facing the gale, the later start of Admiral Fraser's force leaving Island all to join up North of Norway in the pitch dark and eventually surround the Scharnhorst in a fight to the death. I was hooked and thoroughly enjoyed it.
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If you like accounts of a single action in that huge conflict that was World War II this as good as it comes. This book deals only in the battle that resulted in the destruction of the German Battlecruiser Scharnhorst, and it's aftermath. It is an account that looks into both sides of the battle. We'll worth reading.
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From the brief description of the above reviews I suspect Alf R Jacobsen's book Scharnhorst, is the better. This is some 60 odd pages longer, appears to have been meticulously researched and has a reasonably supply of endnotes for further references. Cannot recommend this book enough and, as I said, appears to be the better one.
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Very well written but extremely detailed. Resulting in 'skipping' text that slowed down the story. A book for the maritime historian rather than someone like me who has an interest in the Navy.
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I'm not far into this effort yet, but based on what I've read, I doubt I'll finish. This is a pretty mediocre work that rehashes a lot of dodgy secondary sources, errors and all.

For example, 'Scharnhorst' is described as a battlecruiser (and sometimes also as a battle cruiser, a typical inconsistency). She was not; she was a battleship. Just because she was fast and had eleven-inch guns, it doesn't make her a battlecruiser. The Germans considered her a battleship. Getting something as fundamental as this wrong is pretty inexcusable and betrays unfamiliarity with the sources, secondary or otherwise. It's as though the author had written a book about 'Bismarck' and mistaken her for a cruiser.

Then there's the Enigma canard. Enigma was not broken because the British got hold of an Enigma machine. Anyone who wanted to could buy one commercially. What they did was work out the settings the Germans were using on their Enigma machines to encode messages; not the same thing at all.

Then there's the meeting to which the British admiral summons his captains. After drinks at 6pm, they get down to business at...5pm.

Fine if you don't know anything about the era and won't notice or mind all the mistakes and dodgy proofreading, but give it a miss otherwise.
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Good story not badly written but far too many confusing inaccuracies, especially over compass points: e.g. north for south, east for west.
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