Battleship Scharnhorst (Anglais) Broché – 1 octobre 1998
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Many detailed close-up photographs of SCHARNHORST at different stages in her turbulent life are complemented with plan and profile drawings. The text is spare but essential and well-ordered.
A disappointment was the quality of the (mono throughout) reproductions of some of the builders' and other large models of the battleship.
"Battleship Scharnhorst" will contribute worthwile additional reference material to an existing collection of titles.
What I had hoped for was information relating to the design process--reasoning behind the equipment layout, speed and endurance, communications, fire control, armor and armament, etc.--and this is completely absent. (When I bought the book, there was no indication as to its page count, and its brevity would have been an obvious indicator towards a lack of this sort of information.) There is a unwelcome absence of Norman Friedman/DK Brown level of analysis.
The drawings are where this book excels, which have apparently been adapted from the construction plans. There are side and top views of the ship as it was initially commissioned, the 1939 refit, and the proposed 1942 refit. There are B&W plates for the different color schemes used on the ship (which doesn't matter much as the ship was usually covered in a black/grey/white scheme much of its life.) The best feature-in my opinion at least--were the drawings of the hull and superstructure, deck by deck and frontal section at major frames, all featuring annotations in English. (I now know where the ships' surgeon was berthed, among other details.) This last point is uncommon for any volume on naval vessels outside the "Anatomy of the Ship" series, and this book may possibly be the closest analog that will be created for this ship.
I bought my copy used for about $5. It is well worth that, particularly for the model maker. For the reader looking for the history or whys and wheretofors of its design, it is nearly useless.