Germany’s navy, the Kriegsmarine, played a critical role in the Third Reich’s attempt to restrict the flow of supplies, men and materiel from the United States to Britain in the early years of the war and from North America and Britain to the Soviet Union from 1941. Such was the success of the U-boats in particular, by the end of the war more than 3000 Allied ships with a combined gross tonnage 14.5 million had been sent to the bottom of the sea.
World War II Data Book: The Kriegsmarine, 1939–45 gets behind this massive organization to reveal the workings of the German Navy through its organization, command structure, economic resources, production figures, recruitment, training and philosophy. Broken down by key campaigns and subject areas, the book includes exhaustive reference tables, diagrams, colorful maps and charts, presenting all the core data in easy-to-follow formats.
World War II Data Book: The Kriegsmarine, 1939–45 is an essential reference guide for anyone interested in the history and structure of Germany’s wartime navy.
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In “KRIEGSMARINE: The Essential Facts and Figures for the German Navy”, author David Porter takes an interesting approach to providing a history of the Kriegsmarine, Germany’s navy in World War II. Part encyclopedia, part strategic analysis, and part operational overview, Porter provides descriptions and technical data for all of the classes of ships the Germans built (and compares these with their foes), information on how these ships fit into the overall war strategy, and gives overviews of some of the important campaigns they participated in. He also includes charts and graphs that list, compare, and contrast the specifications and other interesting information about the Kriegsmarine’s ships, its command structure, and usage. He also analyses the combat effectiveness for ships and weapons, and touches upon many factors as to why the Germans built (or were limited in what they could build) the ships they did.
For those interested in a dynamic range of statistics on the German WW2 Kriegsmarine (Navy) this book is probably the best one-stop source of information. In addition to history, the book provides statistics, ship types, combat effectiveness and lists of those who achieved the highest tonnage counts. Remember, the surface Navy was not quite effective as submarines but the U-Boats paid the supreme price for their place in history. Virtually 80% of submariners did not survive the war. Use this book if you are a sailor, historian, teacher, or writer. It will serve you well.
Great deal of data is provided along with many photographs. The only fault I have to find with the author is about the fate of the Prinz Eugen. The United States did have possession of this ship after WWII and it was at Bikini Atoll for a nuclear test. However, the ship survived and was being towed from Bikini when it was overtaken by a serious storm and the towline broke. The vessel towing the Prinz Eugen could not re-connect. At a later date, it was discovered that the Prinz Eugen was found to have been cast up on a reef at some distance from Bikini and purportedly still sits there.
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