This book discusses the concept of the Battlekreuzer. The German Großerkreuzers, as they were known, were built to strict financial limits, and therefore the German designs were always a compromise between the factors listed under design philosophy. Individual ship histories are detailed with particular emphasis upon their battle experience and deployment in conflict, and author Gary Staff includes a variety of official records and personal first-hand accounts will be used. The battlekreuzer had a remarkable ability to withstand battle damage, as demonstrated by the Goeben, which suffered five mine hits on one occasion. Full colour artwork plates and detailed line drawings and photographs support the and enrich the engaging text.
About the Author
Gary Staff has had a life-long passion for the history of the Imperial Navy and translated many contemporary and original documents on the subject. He contributed to a Channel 4 documentary on Jutland, exploring the Imperial Navy's experience of the battle. He grew up in Australia and currently lives on the island of Palau.
Table of Contents
Introduction · Design Philosophy · Fiscal restraints · Technical Development · Service History · Battle Damage · Appendix · Bibliography · Index
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The amount of information pictures and illustrations make this a great read for anyone interested in the subject
I found it especially good for me because I am into the technological aspects of the designs. I write a lot of alternate history stories and so am looking for design information to make my stories as realistic as possible. I take designs like these and tweak them a bit to make them the designs of my fictional country or what might have been...much like my favorite author Harry Turtledove.