The Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943 (Campaign Chronicle) Paperback – 21 Jul 2011
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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.
A worthy review of the last kreigsmarine sortie of a capitol ship during world war 2.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent book, full of precise details. The analysis of the battle is thoroughly objective and therefore not unduly biased.Published on 18 Jan. 2013 by M. B. Wright
A fabulous read. Well written story that gives you the feeling of being there and being involved in one of the iconic battles between the great ships. Read morePublished on 12 April 2011 by P. A. Hellawell
A well balanced story that builds nicely to the climax. The style may be a bit pedestrian, but the sense of groping in the Artic murk for an unseen enemy is well evoked. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2011 by Neil Carmichael
A fast moving account of the Battle but the book lacks a bibliography or any information about its sources. Read morePublished on 6 Mar. 2010 by Gaffer
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