BATTLESHIPS OF THE SCHARNHORST CLASS. THE SCHARNHORST AND GNEISENAU : THE BACKBONE OF THE GERMAN SURFACE FORCES AT THE OUTBREAK OF WAR.

Koop, Gerhard. & Schmolke, Klaus-Peter.


£35.00




London & Annapolis, 1st.Eng.lang.ed., 1999. 175 pp. Profusely illustrated with photographs, plans, maps & drawings. D.j., 26 x 20cm. Bookplate. FINE. Obituary of Admiral Sir Lancelot Bell Davies RN, tipped in. Translated from the German by Geoffrey Brooks, the authors trace the development of the SCHARNHORST and GNEISENAU from their inception before the war, to the sinking by the Royal Navy of the SCHARNHORST in 1943 with the loss of almost 2,000 officers and men, and the scuttling of the GNEISENAU in 1945 following a bombing raid by the RAF. The book is illustrated with numerous rare photographs, outstanding technical drawings, etc. The service histories are both ships, and extensive notes on design and layout, are special features of the book. Includes a German account of the sinking of HMS GLORIOUS together with her escort destroyers ; and the famous ‘Channel Dash' of February 1942. FINE copy.


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