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This superb reference book traces the development of the class, from its inception in the 1930s to destruction of the second Tirpitz in 1944, and provides detailed technical specifications with notes on design and layout. The ships' careers and service histories are also described. Lavishly illustrated with over 180 contemporary photographs of the construction, service, and destruction of the ships and the sailors who served on board, it is an indispensable guide to two extraordinary warships. Meticulous plans, maps, and camouflage drawings, prepared by the expert technical draftsman Klaus-Peter Schmolke, are also included.