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Die deutschen Kriegsschiffe 1815-1945 (Erich Gröner)
Vol. 1: ISBN: 3-7637-4800-8 Capital ships, cruisers, gunboats
Vol. 2: ISBN: 3-7637-4801-6 destroyers, torpedo craft, S-Boats, minesweepers
Vol. 3: ISBN: 3-7637-4802-4 submarines, auxiliary cruisers, minelayers, netlayers
Vol. 4: ISBN: 3-7637-4803-2 repair, supply, ... ships
Vol. 5: ISBN: 3-7637-4804-0 hospital ships, transports, harbour vessels, ...
Vol. 6: ISBN: 3-7637-4805-9 harbour service vessels, landing craft, ...
Vol. 7: ISBN: 3-7637-4807-5 landing vessels, colonial vessels, ...
Vol. 8/1: ISBN: 3-7637-4807-5 riverine craft, subchasers, patrol craft, auxiliary minesweepers, coastguards, ...
Vol. 8/2: offshore patrol craft, fishing cutters, ... (the very smallest)
Each about 90 DM but WORTH IT !!! German-English vocabulary, no photos, very good drawings (1:1250, smaller vessels 1:650 or even 1:250), everything only in files, no texts of essay kind, pure facts, any vessel that served with the German Navies (Kriegsmarine, Kaiserliche Marine, Reichsmarine)
Schlachtschiffe und Schlachtkreuzer 1905-1970 (Siegfried Breyer)
For every ship at least one line drawing (1:1250) but no photos. 922 drawings. Detailled history of every commissioned and planned ship, their armement, equipment (radar, aircraft, ...). Descriptions of damages, survivability, their part in history... Introduction on the development of capital ships since Adam and Eve. Subject are the Dreadnoughts and Super-Dreadnoughts, but of every country the last Pre-Dreadnought is also mentioned for comparison and ships reconstructed or rebuilt from BBs (Lexington, Furious, Akagi...) are also shown and fully described even though being aircraft carriers or others after becoming target ships etc. The "1970" referrs to the Iowa class. This book was written at that time, so there are only speculations on Iowas further use or Sowjet battleships being planned.
ISBN 3-88199-474-2
Rand McNally Encyclopedia of Military Aircraft (Covering 1914 - 1989)
Price: 30 $ in 1994;
ISBN: 0-51705-655-0;
550 pages;
[US edition of Enzo Angelucci "Atlante Enziclopedico degli aerei militari del mondo dal 1914 a oggi"] Very, very good!! Transports, fighters, bombers, carrierbased, flying boats, national markings, code names, overview on airships and balloons (I know that it exists), engines ... Development, equipment, descriptions, 3 views, coloured drawings, photos ... 1000s of planes, all major aircraft and their versions (but not every special version!), not very profound due to the thickness of the book.
Rating: ******************************
Weyer´s Flottentaschenbuch:
Nearly for every ship(-class) one line drawing (only above waterline, 1:2000, vessels with less than 60 metres length 1:1000) and photos. Covering even the Swiss police vessels deployed on their lakes, so the drawings are very generalised, every Charles F. Adams frigate has the same drawing, might she be US or Australian. The biggest disadvantage seems to me that all editions show only the western knowledge at the time, so a Weyer from 1984 is very speculative on Russian subs, a 1943/44 Weyer on US or British ships. The drawings at 1:2000 are in my opinion too small for a frigate of 1000 ts. There are no histories, descriptions of the vessels given. If she ship was good, well-protected, wet, ... is up to reader fantasy. But there are lots of facts (dimensions, speed, equipment,...)
Price: about 100 DM each;
ISBN of the 1943/44 reprint: 3-7637-4512-2;
ISBN of the 1988/89: 3-7637-4503-3;
ISBN of the 1994/96: 3-7637-4507-6
Seeherrschaft (Helmut Pemsel) 2 volumes (...-1850, 1850-...)
Bernard & Graefe Verlag;
ISBN 3-89350-711-6;
Drawings of ships or maps for illustration A very rich historical review, essential if you want to know what happened February 24th, 1912. All sea battles mentioned, info on tactics over the centuries, fleet strengths, ...
Rating: ******************
Segel-Kriegsschiffe 1400-1860 (Frank Howard)
Bernard & Graefe Verlag,
ISBN 0-85177-138-6;
Price: 50.- DM in 1996;
388 photos and drawings;
[Original: "Sailing ships of war 1400-1860" Conway Maritime Press Ltd. 1979 ]
Very good, detailled, pictures of guns, reprints of contemporary drawings and Admirality plans, but also 8 line drawings of 3rd rates by John Roberts.
Rating: Basic book *******
Luftschiffe (Peter Meyer)
Bernard & Graefe Verlag
1996
ISBN: 3-7637-5951-4;
Price: 30.- DM;
Covering LZ 1 - LZ 131; SL 2 - SL 22; PL 6, 19, 25, 27; M IV Gives bomb loads, very detailled records on every airship
Rating: **********
Die deutsche Luftfahrt Wasserflugzeuge (Hans-Jürgen Becker)
Bernard & Graefe Verlag
270 pages;
price: 40.- DM;
ISBN: 3-7637-6106-3;
Introduction on technics, on each German-built aircraft that was constructed to touch water, catapults, shipbased aircraft, floating planes, flying boats, civil, military From AEG Flugboot 1914 to Zeppelin R XIV Drawings, photos......................

Die deutsche Luftfahrt Leichter als Luft (D. Haaland/H.G. Knäusel/...)
Bernard & Graefe Verlag;
370 pages;
price: 90.- DM;
ISBN: 3-7637-6114-4;
From early military & civil balloons to the Zeppelin NT (printed in 1997, so not up to date, but very close) Drawings, photos, technical details, ...

Rating: *******
NOTICE: Die deutsche Luftfahrt is a whole series covering anything from aircraft to airfields, missiles, airports, ...

Zerstörer der US Navy (Stefan Terzibaschitsch)
Bechtermünz Verlag;
ISBN 3-86047-587-8;
Price: 30.- DM;
Scale drawings 1:1000, includes a German-English abbreviation translation, Info on radars, guns, destroyer squadrons, stationings of each DD, aircraft, helicopters, drones, changes in armament or equipment. Covers 1934 (Farragut) - 1967, flushdeckers in service during WWII with conversions shown with drawings, too Many photos and drawings of each class in different estates (after FRAM)
Das große Buch der Krigsschiffe (Bernd Loose, Bernd Oesterle)
Motorbuch-Verlag;
78.- DM;
2. edition 1997;
some good drawings, focussed on explaining certain terms like Abflugboot, Depotschiff, Küstenmotorboot, Torpedobootszerstörer, Zwerg-U-Boot,... in the appendix some files on US ship designations, NATO designation codes compared to other nations codes/ designations, German auxiliary cruisers,...
Rating: Nice, but not essential (***)
Kreuzer der US Navy (Stefan Terzibaschitsch)
ISBN 3-86047-588-6;
Price: 30.- DM;
Covers 1920s (Omaha-class), up to WWII cruisers and anything built from cruiser hulls. General remarks on the designation "cruiser" in the USN (DLG,...) after WWII. Overview on Pre-Omahas, very detailled on camouflages, radar, aircraft, helicopters, shows also the Terrier-/Talos rebuilts. Very good drawings (1:1250) but only above waterline
Conway all the World´s fighting ships 1906-21
Nearly for every ship(-class) one line drawing (only above waterline, 1:1250, smaller vessels 1:750 or even 1:200) and one photo. These two pictures are if possible from different dates and show different ships or at a different condition (after refitts etc). The submarines-sections cover subs from about 1860 up to 1921. Very detailled for the capital ships, only small gunboats and torpedo-, or riverine craft are due to the capacity of such a book restricted to summaries often lacking drawings. Sometimes lacking dates of commission. For each country an introduction on politics, economy etc. is given. In addition to drawings, photos, technical datas, there are quite detailled histories of each vessel given.
Price: 40 pounds;
440 pages;
ISBN 0-85177-245-5

Conway all the World´s fighting ships 1922-46
Nearly for every ship(-class) one line drawing (only above waterline, 1:1250, smaller vessels 1:750 or even 1:200) and one photo. These two pictures are if possible from different dates and show different ships or at a different condition (after refitts etc). Very detailled for the capital ships, only small gunboats and torpedo-, or riverine craft are due to the capacity of such a book restricted to summaries often lacking drawings. Sometimes lacking dates of commission. For each country an introduction on politics, economy etc. is given. In addition to drawings, photos, technical datas, there are quite detailled histories of each vessel given.
Price: 40 pounds;
450 pages

Conway all the World´s fighting ships 1947-95
Nearly for every ship(-class) one line drawing (only above waterline, 1:1250, smaller vessels 1:750 or even 1:200, bigger vessels 1:2000) and photos. These pictures are if possible from different dates and show different ships or at a different condition (after refitts etc.). Very detailled for the capital ships, only small gunboats and attack-, or riverine craft are due to the capacity of such a book restricted to summaries often lacking drawings. Sometimes lacking dates of commission. For each country an introduction on politics, economy etc. is given. In addition to drawings, photos, technical datas, there are quite detailled histories of each vessel given.
Price: 75 pounds;
Pages: 670;
ISBN 0-85177-605-1

Michael A. Peszke: Poland's Navy, 1918-1945.
New York Hippocrene, 1999.
$29.95 (cloth),
ISBN 0-7818-0672-0.
Poland's Navy, 1918-1945 fills a gap in the literature of the greatest war in history. Peszke structures his account of the PN in rough chronological order by theater of action. Separate chapters covering operations in the Baltic, North Sea, Atlantic, and Mediterranean are included, and although the book is not a comprehensive operational history of the PN, the reader learns of the major actions in which Polish ships participated. In addition to the operational side, Peszke explains how the PN was organized, equipped, and led. The last few chapters combine operational accounts of 1944-45 with the major diplomatic decisions reached by the United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union that determined Poland's post-war fate. The eleven chapters are supplemented by seven appendices, including the text of Anglo-Polish military agreements, a list of the major Polish warships, explanations of the Polish naval air service, the Polish merchant marine, and the Polish women's naval auxiliary service, plus a table of Polish naval ranks with British equivalents. One of the greatest strengths of the book, besides its linkage with the wider story of the war, is the number and quality of sources used. Peszke made use of documents (Admiralty, Foreign Office) held by the Public Record Office outside London, and the Polish Institute, also in London. These primary sources are supplemented by an extensive list of published works, some of which are memoirs of PN officers. Poland's Navy 1918-1945 is a unique book that fills a distinct gap in the literature of World War II.
Robert C. Mikesh/Shorzoe Abe: Japanese aircraft 1910-1941.
Very few drawings, mostly of non-production types but good photos and full information on each aircraft. For me it would not be worth byuying.
Bowers, P. M.: Curtiss aircraft 1907-1947.
Detailled history of the Curtiss factories, aircraft and himself. Some line drawings, even on lesser known types. Some pics/drawings are identical to other Bowers-books
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