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New Book - Battleship Bismarck (Seaforth Publishing)
Old 07-11-2019, 07:04 AM   #1
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Default New Book - Battleship Bismarck (Seaforth Publishing)

Battleship Bismarck - A Design And Operational History by William H Garzke Jr, Robert O Dulin Jr & William Jurens (ISBN: 9781526759740) - 610 pages

This book has just arrived and before ordering it I was thinking to myself just how many books does there need to be on a ship that was operational for such a short time but now it is in my hands it looks like it could be the book to have on the ship. Instead of describing in detail what it covers I will attach a photo of the contents page.
The book is well produced (the usual Seaforth standard) and looks to be a good balance of narrative, models, period photos and line drawings, both of the ship in as built condition and also showing the battle damage and how she looks now. It also incorporates images of the ship from the expedition to find the wreck so it is like having 2 or 3 books all rolled in to one. There is also a chapter of survivor testimonies including one showing the escape route he took.
At 610 pages this is a large book (see comparison photos below) and yet it is only £35 which in this day and age of overpriced books is a bargain.
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How good is the coverage of engineering aspects like structural details, seakeeping, stability, machinery details?
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How good is the coverage of engineering aspects like structural details, seakeeping, stability, machinery details?
I haven't had a chance to sit down and have a detailed read through yet as it has only arrived this morning but there are sections covering such things as the electrical plants, boilers, hull characteristics, stability features and so on and so on (two images attached just as a sampler).
I have had a quick look through though and the details for the battles are very good with the narrative supported by charts and relative positions at various stages of the battles, line drawings showing the hits on Prince of Wales, Hood (including one showing the possible sequence of events inside the ship for her fatal explosion), Bismarck (in all her actions & air attack) and even a photo I hadn't seen before from HMS Dorsetshire that shows Bismarck with her bows rising out of the sea as she starts to sink.
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