- An authoritative account of the battleship Tirpitz that offers a detailed analysis of attempts to neutralise the much-vaunted German battleship
- A captivating technical and narrative history that considers both German and Allied recollections and opinions of life at sea during wartime
- Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs
- A must-have for military enthusiasts, modellers and those interested in the complexities of naval warfare during the Second World War
- Released simultaneously with the re-release of John Asmussen’s phenomenal Bismarck: Pride of the German Navy
Referred to by Winston Churchill as ‘The Beast’, Tirpitz
was Germany’s last great battleship and was one of the largest and heaviest warships ever constructed by a European navy.
Sister ship to the infamous Bismarck
was referred to as ‘The Lonely Queen of the North’, a floating fortress that was built to dominate the seas. Laid down in 1936 and commissioned in 1941, Tirpitz
spent most of her operational life lurking amongst the fjords of Norway. Such was the threat posed to the sea lanes and the Allied war effort, and so obsessed were Churchill and the Admiralty with her destruction, that twenty-four operations, ranging from the foolhardy to the ridiculous, although all were brave, were undertaken against her.
It was in November 1944 that the Tirpitz
was finally sunk, not by the Royal Navy, but by Avro Lancasters of RAF Bomber Command.
Using a variety of sources, Tirpitz: The Life and Death of Germany’s Last Great Battleship
looks at the military and political situation in Nazi Germany, which led to its commissioning and analyses the demise of Hitler’s iconic naval powerhouse.
||248 x 172 mm
||10 May 2018
||97 black and white and 36 colour photographs