German Capital Ships and Raiders in World War II Volume I: From Graf Spee to Bismarck 1939-1941 - Anon.London: Frank Cass, 2002, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Maps to the lining papers; Plans;
From the cover: “This volume — the first 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 three 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 1939-41 that resulted in the sinking or immobilising of the German warships Bismarck and Graf Spee, and record the struggle to rid the seas of the menace of the armed merchant raiders. 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 II 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 supposedly inferior opponent.”
Foreword or introduction by Admiral Sir Nigel Essenhigh & Eric Grove. Size: 10" x 7¾". Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. In the Naval Staff Histories series. (xiv,iii,0,v,0) 56,25,53,59 pages.