German Battleships 1914-18 (1): Deutschland, Nassau and Helgoland classes (New Vanguard)
Supported by official documents, personal accounts, official drawings and specially commissioned artwork, this volume is an enlightening history of the Deutschland to Osfriesland classes. Detailing the last of the pre-dreadnaught battleship classes, this book goes on to explain the revolutionary developments that took place within the German Imperial Navy as they readied themselves for war. This included creating vessels with vast increases in size and armament. This account of design and technology is supplemented by individual ship histories detailing combat experience complete with first-hand accounts. The specially commissioned artwork also brings this history to life with recreations of the battleship Pommern fighting at Jutland and ships of the Osfriesland class destroying HMS Black Prince in a dramatic night-time engagement.
By Eric Husher "The Searat" - March 10, 2010
Based on previous issues in this series, particularly 'German Battlecruisers 1914-18,' I had expected an excellent and well-illustrated compendium of the early WW1 German battleships. Unfortunately, this issue does not live up to my expectations! The illustrations are very sketchy and very poorly detailed, especially when compared with previous issues (why didn't Osprey retain Tony Bryan as illustrator??), and the text is not particularly informative either. Granted, the early German battleships didn't have particularly exciting careers, especially when compared with that of the battlecruisers, but still, they had a couple incidents of real interest. While the activities involved with Jutland (Skagerak) are well-known, a diagram or two of the relative positions of these ships in the various formations would have been of real benefit, as well as a more general discussion of the battle itself, and the specific roles for the 'Deutchland,' 'Nassau,' and 'Helgoland' classes would also... read more
A Superb look at the Kaiser's Battleships, Part 1
By R. A Forczyk - February 23, 2010
Oftentimes, volumes in Osprey's New Vanguard series that cover naval topics tend to try and cover too many ships and too many classes in just 48 pages and end up skimming over the surface. However, Gary Staff was given the opportunity to cover the Imperial German Navy's battleships of the First World War in several volumes and he makes the most of this opportunity. German Battleships 1914-18 (1) is not a superficial summary but a very detailed look at three classes of German battleships (the Deutschland, Nassau and Helgoland classes) built in the period 1903-1912. It is clear in the opening pages that the author has a good understanding of naval design and is intimately familiar with the Kaiser's Navy, so the result is an informed look at this part of the German battle line.
The volume is essentially divided into three sections, each covering one of the battleship classes. Each section discusses the design and development of each class (with interesting observations on the... read more
German Battleships in WW I
By Steven A. Peterson - March 11, 2010
This Osprey volume focuses on three classes of German battleships during World War I. As others in the series, this is a slim volume (47 pages of text). This is, of course, both a strength (easy to digest) and a weakness (perhaps not enough reflection and analysis). Overall, though, the book works pretty well.
What are the three classes? The Deutschland, Nassau, and Helgoland classes. As the introductory comments note, before 1871, there was no German state and, hence, no navy. The first battleships were produced in 1890.
The Deutschland class was authorized in 1900. The 1904 budget allowed for five ships in this class--what later became Deutschland, Hannover, Pommern, Schlesien, and Schleswig-Holstein. The ships were commissioned between 1906 and 1908. Their speed was about 18 knots and they had crews of about 740. Pages 4-15 feature discussion of the characteristics of these ships (armament, for instance) and discuss each of the battleships.
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