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The Battleship Bismarck (Anatomy of the Ship) Paperback – 20 Jan 2014
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Jack Brower runs his own design and draughtsmanship company. He has spent months researching this book in the Bundesarchiv Kriegsmarine collection and through the original records of the shipyard of Blohm and Voss in Germany.
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As for photographs, these may not be a major feature of this series, but in this book there are just twelve, none of which show the full profile of the ship. The long held view that there are few good photographs available simply is not true- witness the 95 views of Bismark, nearly all of high quality, found in Breyer and Skwiot 's 'German Capital Ships'.
All considered I am very disappointed. This is a 'thin' 150 page book in more ways than just the number of pages- especially at the price of around £30. I'm sure that if this was not one of a famous series of books it would be offered for a lot less money. Any of the other books mentioned above provides far better value- not to mention Burt's new edition of his 'British Battleships, 1919 - 1945': a fine beautifully illustrated 430 page book which is available for a similar price.
Personally I would have liked to see more three-dimensional illustrations of interior compartments but not all draughtsmen are capable of doing such illustrations. However, this 'omission' IS personal and doesn't detract from the real value of this book, which will suite both the modeler and those interested in 20th century warship design and development.
Highly recommended and a very useful addition to the series.
Before I mention the content, both front and back cardboard book covers open out to reveal two hidden treasures. At the front we find two line drawings (scale 1:550) of the deck plan above the starboard profile - headed ‘General arrangements.’ Similarly, at the back are two more complex line drawings to the same scale headed ‘Hull structure - Lines and Body plans’ where we find a very different view of that same starboard profile above a view of the vessel’s bottom. Whereas I have made model ships, I have never built one from scratch and would suggest these (and other details found within the work) are essential to the task.
The book commences with an informative ‘Introduction’ from which most people will learn something they did not previously know. This is followed by a ‘Ship’s History’ which is a brief account of main events in chronological order. Next is a brief overview of the discovery of the wreck by Dr. Robert Ballard in 1989 (almost 25 years ago already!) which immediately precedes ‘Design and Specification.’ This is where the technical information is found and includes separate sections on; Hull Structure, Protection, Machinery, Armament, Fire Control, Aircraft & Equipment and Boats.
Strange though it may seem at first sight, we are only now at page 23. Page 24-29 contain eleven B&W photographs of the ship with each being of the highest possible quality. The following 130 pages, however, are packed with line drawings in the order; General Arrangements, Hull Structure, Superstructure, Rigging, Armament, Fire Control, Ground Tackle, Fittings, Aircraft and Ship’s Boats - each of which is a modeller’s dream,
There is, of course, far too much detail to be repeated in a humble review but, in order to provide a good example of the depth of that detail I have selected ‘Table 4: Armour.’ The first four lines of this section provide the thickness of: Belt Armour Lower, Belt Armour Upper Citadel, Belt Armour Forward and Belt Armour Aft. These are followed by a further 28 examples of different armour found on the various aspects of this mighty vessel - with one being described as “Armoured transverse bulkhead beneath upper deck between torpedo bulkheads.” And if that is not sufficient detail, I have no idea what is!
To draw a similar example from the line drawings, the inclusion of front and side views of the typical ladders used on board this ship is a further indication of the attention to detail put into this book – which really is a job well done.
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I'm fully satisfied with the book, very useful.
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