German Capital Ships and Raiders in World War II Volume 2: From Scharnhorst to Tirpitz, 1942-1944 - Anon.London: Frank Cass, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Plans of battle; Black & white photographs; Maps (some colour); Tables; List of abbreviations; Maps to the lining papers; Glossary; Appendices (3);
From the cover: “This volume — the second of two published in this Naval Staff Histories series under the overarching title German Capital Ships and Raiders of World War II — is a compendium of four Battle Summaries or Naval Staff Histories produced soon after the war by the Naval Historical Branch of the Admiralty. Originally classified and designed for internal use only, these histories are published here for the first time.
The documents in this book cover the actions during the period 1942-44 that resulted in the sinking or immobilising of the German warships Scharnhorst and Tirpitz. The accounts show how thinly spread were the resources of the Royal Navy to combat even relatively few ocean raiders, and also highlight the high priority given to their eventual destruction.
These frank and candid summaries were produced neither in a triumphalist expression of Royal Navy superiority, nor to inform the general public, but rather to provide naval officers and other official bodies with factual accounts of the events covered therein, making use of the extensive records that remained available at the time.
This volume, along with Volume I of the work, brings home the importance to a maritime nation of its ability to command the seas and protect its trade, and demonstrates just how difficult and expensive in terms of both lives and treasure it can be to do so against even a supposed inferior opponent.
The book contains an Introduction by Eric Grove and a Foreword by the First Sea Lord, as well as 12 photographic plates and the original plans.”