The Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943

The Battle of North Cape: The Death Ride of the Scharnhorst, 1943

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by Angus Konstam
     
 

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On 25 December 1943 the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst slipped out Altenfjord in Norway to attack Arctic convoy JW55B which was carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet Union. But British naval intelligence knew of the Scharnhorst's mission before she sailed and the vulnerable convoy was protected by a large Royal Naval force including the battleship Duke of

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On 25 December 1943 the German battlecruiser Scharnhorst slipped out Altenfjord in Norway to attack Arctic convoy JW55B which was carrying vital war supplies to the Soviet Union. But British naval intelligence knew of the Scharnhorst's mission before she sailed and the vulnerable convoy was protected by a large Royal Naval force including the battleship Duke of York. In effect the Scharnhorst was sailing into a trap. One of the most compelling naval dramas of the Second World War had begun.

‘Angus Konstam’s gripping account tells the story of this crucial but under-studied naval battle, and explains why the hopes of the German Kreigsmarine went down with their last great ship; only 37 of the German battlecruiser’s 1700 crew were saved.’ The Nautical Magazine

‘This book illuminates this forgotten and overlooked battle like an unexpected enemy star shell bursting out of the Arctic night.’ IPMS

‘Angus Konstam’s book is an excellent read and strongly recommended…. thoughtful and totally engrossing….If you are interested in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, the Arctic convoy campaign or capital ship actions, The Battle of the North Cape is well worth its cover price.’ Naval Review

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‘Angus Konstam’s gripping account tells the story of this crucial but under-studied naval battle, and explains why the hopes of the German Kreigsmarine went down with their last great ship; only 37 of the German battlecruiser’s 1700 crew were saved.’ The Nautical Magazine

‘This book illuminates this forgotten and overlooked battle like an unexpected enemy star shell bursting out of the Arctic night.’ IPMS

‘Angus Konstam’s book is an excellent read and strongly recommended…. thoughtful and totally engrossing….If you are interested in the Royal Navy in the Second World War, the Arctic convoy campaign or capital ship actions, The Battle of the North Cape is well worth its cover price.’ Naval Review

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IPMS
. . . a fast read with surprising twists and turns . . . illuminates this forgotten and overlooked battle like an unexpected enemy starshell bursting out of the Arctic night.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781848845572
Publisher:
Pen & Sword Books Limited
Publication date:
12/15/2011
Series:
Campaign Chronicles Series
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
420,728
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

With over 50 history books in print, Angus is a widely recognised and much-published historian. While he specialises in military and naval history he has also written numerous more general history books, designed to make the subject more accessible to a wider audience. Uniquely he has been able to draw on his expertise as a senior museum curator who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as on his academic training as a historian and as a maritime archaeologist.

His latest book is a full-length biography: Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate, which is published by Wiley & Sons. of New York (June 2006)

Angus is also just finished writing a history of the Allied landings at Salerno in September 1943 for the British publisher Pen & Sword, and he is currently working on a new project, with the working title of Supership: The Quest for the Renaissance Battleship.

Angus lives in Edinburgh, in Scotland.

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