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Books and publications about warships.

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Ok guys, may be the wrong thread, but inspired by the pinned "Historical Links Exchange" topic and searched and found nothing similar here, I just propose to start a topic about books and publications about warships and their historical operations.

I have been raised on Edmund Kosiarz "Bitwy morskie" book, that is my favourite childhood reading (Gdansk 1973). I know it is a little bit tendentional work (thanks to the communist propaganda) but I want to start building my warship library now.

 

Do you have some books to recommend (author, book name, ISBN, language etc.)?

Thank you in advance.

 

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Battleship Bismarck, A Survivor's Story by Burkhard Baron von Mullenheim-Rechberg (German, but many translations available) ISBN: 978-1-61251-294-5

Warspite by Iain Ballantyne (English) ISBN: 978-1-84884-350-9

Those two were very good.

 

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Where to begin....

 

OK, factual 'ship' ones:-

Battleships -

D&G/Friedman are recognised experts in the technical details of BB's and have covered the 'topic' quite comprehensively.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Axis-Neutral-World-War-x/dp/0870211013/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499329525&sr=1-1

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Allied-World-Robert-1980-08-24/dp/B01NH03AZ7/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499329570&sr=1-2

https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-World-War-Battlecruisers/dp/B0182PZ2RK/ref=pd_sbs_14_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=NEAJRR7M5XQ3FN3DV4R3

https://www.amazon.co.uk/U-S-Battleships-Illustrated-Design-History/dp/0870217151/ref=la_B001JP9YFM_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499329658&sr=1-11

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/Books/Grand-Fleet-Warship-Development-1906-1922/184832085X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499333372&sr=1-1&keywords=the+grand+fleet

 

General warships

Fleets of WW2, Richard Worth, covers every fighting ship in ww2 (briefly), I have a signed copy - he is known as Tiornu on the warships1 forums.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/FLEETS-WORLD-WAR-II-Analysis/dp/1608881601/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499333247&sr=1-5&keywords=richard+worth

 

And some interesting and perhaps more obscure.

HMS Tiger at Bay - a crew members story about the Battlecruiser.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/H-M-S-Tiger-Bay/dp/0718302958/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499332885&sr=1-1

With the Battlecruisers - about the RN BC's at the start of WW1, including Doger bank  by a journalist who was attached to the BC squadron

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battle-Cruisers-Filson-Young-ebook/dp/B018MFSPMY/ref=la_B001K86KC8_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499333107&sr=1-2

British Submarines at war, 1914-1918 - a much neglected subject.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Submarines-War-1914-1918/dp/1473853451/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499333159&sr=1-6&keywords=ww1+submarines

Dreadnought gunnery and the battle of jutland - more information about fire control systems than you might want to know... (very technical)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dreadnought-Gunnery-Battle-Jutland-Question/dp/0714657026/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

 

 

 

 

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Books I have read

HMS Rodney - Ian Ballantyne - (Kindle Version is a lot cheaper that the paperback)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HMS-Rodney-Famous-Ships-Warships-ebook/dp/B00DN5V4ZY/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1499332395&sr=8-3

Pocket Battleships of the Deutschland Class - Gerhard Koop

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Pocket-Battleships-Deutschland-Class-Kriegsmarine-ebook/dp/B00SGC4VN6/ref=la_B001K1TI4C_1_4?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1499332601&sr=1-4

Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class - Gerhard Koop

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleships-Scharnhorst-Class-Warships-Kriegsmarine-ebook/dp/B00SS5XGCS/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=MEB3DJXBCG01PAMWCH76

British Battleships 1919 to 1945 - R.A.Burt (The admiralty report on the Hood is transcribed - fascinating stuff)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-1919-1945-R-Burt-ebook/dp/B00L6Z98ZG/ref=pd_sim_351_5?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=VT02CKJ31Z4T802RAWTQ

French Battleships 1922 to 1956 - John Jordan & Robert Dumas

https://www.amazon.co.uk/French-Battleships-1922-1956-John-Jordan-ebook/dp/B00KTI0SZU/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1499332906&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=french+battloeships

 

Books on my Buy List

British Battleships of World War One - R.A.Burt

https://www.amazon.co.uk/British-Battleships-World-War-One-ebook/dp/B00WQ4QVA6/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=08J6ARDE9DX141TCZWBA

The Grand Fleet: Warship Design & Development 1906 to 1922 - D.K.Brown

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/184832085X/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_S_img?_encoding=UTF8&colid=1A6OAMXGXY72L&coliid=I2F3RD3NYJ1D4Z

Littorio Class: Italy's Last & Largest Battleships - Ermingo Bagnasco

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Littorio-Class-Italys-Largest-Battleships-ebook/dp/B00KYVDV4C/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&coliid=I1JYKYC2P57IJ1&colid=1A6OAMXGXY72L&qid=&sr=

Kaiser's Battlefleet - Aidan Dodson

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More years ago than I care to remember I used to make 'Exact scale' model ships.

Exact scale means perfect in EVERY detail, even down to individual rivets being placed where they should be.

I got a set of original builders plans from the Maritime Museum in Greenwich for HMS Dreadnought to build a 5'6" model. The plans cost £96 even back then, and were woefully inaccurate. The ship specs changed (evolved) as construction progressed.

To the rescue with thousands of diagrams and photos came this priceless tome. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I got the hardback, but I believe it comes in paperback too.

 

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Battleship-Dreadnought-Anatomy-Ship/dp/085177895X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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