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Kaiserliche Marine: books - history and ships (1871-1918)

A book on the Kaiserliche Marine? Here are books on the history, deployment and ships of the German Kaiserliche Marine in the years 1871-1918.

Enzyklopädie deutscher Kriegsschiffe - Grosskampfschiffe, Kreuzer, Kanonenboote, Torpedoboote und Zerstörer bis 1945

Ursprünglich diente die kaiserliche Marine lediglich dem Küstenschutz. Doch der Ehrgeiz von Kaiser Wilhelm II. machte aus ihr eine der grössten Flotten der Welt.
Nach dem verlorenen Krieg musste die nunmehrige Reichsmarine unter den Beschränkungen des Versailler Vertrages wieder von neuem aufgebaut werden. Dieser Neuaufbau kulminierte in der verstärkten Marinerüstung des Dritten Reichs.

Pages of the book Enzyklopadie deutscher Kriegsschiffe (1)

Hans Karr beschreibt in seiner Enzyklopädie deutscher Kriegsschiffe alle grossen und mittleren Überwasserschiffstypen von kaiserlicher Reichs- und Kriegsmarine, also Linien- und Schlachtschiffe, Kreuzer, Zerstörer, Flugzeugträger, Küstenpanzerschiffe, Kanonen- und Torpedoboote.

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Author:Hans Karr
Specs:304 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2017)
Book: Enzyklopädie deutscher Kriegsschiffe - Grosskampfschiffe, Kreuzer, Kanonenboote, Torpedoboote und Zerstörer bis 1945

Enzyklopädie deutscher Kriegsschiffe - Grosskampfschiffe, Kreuzer, Kanonenboote, Torpedoboote und Zerstörer bis 1945

Language: German

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The Imperial German Navy of World War I : A Comprehensive Photographic Study of the Kaisers Naval Forces

The Imperial German Navy of WWI is a series of books (Warships, Campaigns, & Uniforms) that provide a broad view of the Kaiser's naval forces through the extensive use of photographs.
Every effort has been made to cover all significant areas during the war period. In addition to the primary use of photographs, technical information is provided for each warship along with its corresponding service history; with a special emphasis being placed on those warships that participated in the Battle of Skagerrak (Jutland).

Pages of the book Imperial German Navy of WW I (Warships Vol. 1) (1)

Countless sources have been used to establish individual case studies for each warship; multiple photos of each warship are provided. The entire series itself is unprecedented in its coverage of the Kaiser's navy.

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Author:Jeffrey Judge
Specs:312 pages, 31 x 24 x 3.2 cm / 12.2 x 9 x 1.26 in, hardback
Illustrations:600 b&w photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2016)
Book: The Imperial German Navy of World War I : A Comprehensive Photographic Study of the Kaisers Naval Forces

The Imperial German Navy of World War I : A Comprehensive Photographic Study of the Kaisers Naval Forces

Language: English

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Deutsche Kriegsschiffe: Die Kaiserliche U-Boot-Flotte bis 1918 (Typenkompass)

Obwohl bereits lange vor dem Ersten Weltkrieg an Tauchbooten gebastelt wurde und in den Jahren vor Kriegsausbruch endlich auch praxistaugliche U-Boote international zur Verfügung standen, gewannen sie militärisch erst ab 1914 an Bedeutung - und das sprunghaft, ganz besonders im deutschen Kaiserreich.

Robert Rosentreter dokumentiert in fesselnder Weise die Entwicklung dieser unsichtbaren Waffe aus der Tiefe, die in der Hand der kaiserlichen Marine zum Schrecken der alliierten Gegner wurde.

Author:Robert Rosentreter
Specs:112 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:109 b&w and 18 colour photographs, 6 drawings
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2014)
Series:Typenkompass
Book: Deutsche Kriegsschiffe: Die Kaiserliche U-Boot-Flotte bis 1918 (Typenkompass)

Deutsche Kriegsschiffe: Die Kaiserliche U-Boot-Flotte bis 1918

Language: German

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Deutsche Kriegsschiffe - Das kaiserliche Ostasien-Geschwader 1859–1914

Weil das imperiale Deutschland Weltmacht werden wollte, versuchte es, auf allen Weltmeeren präsent zu sein und Kolonien zu erwerben. Die Geschwader sollten sie schützen, Ansprüche durchsetzen und Stärke zeigen. Nicht immer hatten sie reine Repräsentationsmaßnahmen, wie der Boxer-Aufstand beweist.

Marine-Experte Hans Karr widmet sich in dieser Neuerscheinung Deutschlands maritimier Kolonialgeschichte. Er beschreibt die Auslandskreuzer und -stationen, den Marinestützpunkt Tsingtau, das Ostasiatische Kreuzergeschwader von 1897 bis 1914 und dessen Schiffe der Asiatischen und der Australischen Station.

Author:Hans Karr
Specs:128 pages, 28 x 20.5 x 0.9 cm / 11 x 8.1 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:140 photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2021)
Book: Deutsche Kriegsschiffe - Das kaiserliche Ostasien-Geschwader 1859–1914

Deutsche Kriegsschiffe - Das kaiserliche Ostasien-Geschwader 1859–1914

Language: German

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Deutsche Kriegsschiffe - Hilfskreuzer und Handelsstörer 1914-1918 (Typenkompass)

Um die Grösse der eigenen Kriegsflotte rasch zu vergrössern, wurden schon im Segelschiffzeitalter Handelsschiffe umgerüstet und bewaffnet. Dieser Taktik bedienten sich die Kriegsparteien auch im Ersten Weltkrieg.

Weil sie echten Kriegsschiffen unterlegen waren, setzte Deutschland seine so gewonnenen Hilfskreuzer hauptsächlich zur Störung und Unterbindung des gegnerischen Schiffwarenverkehrs ein.
Der Erfolg dieser Unternehmungen war fraglich, allerdings wurden Schiffe wie die Seeadler unter Kapitän Graf Luckner zur Legende.

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Robert Rosentreter stellt in diesem Typenkompass alle wichtigen deutschen Hilfskreuzer und Handelsstörer vor, die die kaiserliche Marine während des Ersten Weltkrieges rund um den Globus in den - meist kurzlebigen - Einsatz schickte.

Author:Robert Rosentreter
Specs:128 pages, 20.5 x 14 cm / 8.1 x 5.5 in, paperback
Illustrations:115 b&w photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2015)
Series:Typenkompass
Book: Deutsche Kriegsschiffe - Hilfskreuzer und Handelsstörer 1914-1918 (Typenkompass)

Deutsche Kriegsschiffe - Hilfskreuzer und Handelsstörer 1914-1918

Language: German

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German Commerce Raiders 1914-18 (Osprey)

This is the story of Germany's commerce raiders of World War I, the surface ships that were supposed to starve the British Isles of the vast cargoes of vital resources being shipped from the furthest reaches of the Empire.
To that end pre-war German naval strategists allocated a number of cruisers and armed, fast ocean liners, as well as a complex and globe-spanning supply network to support them - known as the Etappe network.

This book, drawing on technical illustrations and the author's exhaustive research, explains the often overlooked role that the commerce raiders played in World War I.
Whilst exploring the design and development of the ships, it also describes their operational history, how they tied up a disproportionate amount of the British fleet on lengthy pursuits, and how certain raiders such as the SMS Emden were able to wreak havoc across the oceans.

Contents: Introduction - The Commerce Raiders - Commerce Raiding Operations - Conclusion - Index.

Author:Ryan K. Noppen
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:New Vanguard (228)
Book: German Commerce Raiders 1914-18 (Osprey)

German Commerce Raiders 1914-18

Language: English

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The Last Cruise of a German Raider - The Destruction of SMS Emden

The story of the German light cruiser SMS Emden has been the subject of over a dozen books since her destruction at the hands of the Australian light cruiser HMAS Sydney on 9 November 1914.
Accounts of Emden 's raiding activities, her loss on the Cocos Islands, and the escape of her landing party have also appeared in official histories and books on the First World War at sea. No English-language book, however, has pieced together a comprehensive account of the action and the events before and after.

In this detailed and riveting new book, Wes Olson has made extensive use of a wealth of first-hand accounts from letters, diaries, memoirs and German survivor statements to produce a detailed reconstruction of the battle at Cocos.
By breaking the one-and-a-half-hour action down into ten-minute blocks an accurate, chronological and credible picture has been created, and the extensive use of quotations gives the story a unique vividness.
But the book is much more than the account of one naval battle. The Emden 's activities as a raider at the beginning of the war are outlined; the significance of the departure of the first ANZAC troop convoy, and Sydney's involvement explained.

The Cocos raid and the landing of von Mucke's party and the dispatch of Sydney to investigate are covered, and Captain Glossop's controversial decision to open fire on the wreck of the Emden is analysed. And drawing on the reports produced by Sydney's surgeons, the book presents a facet of naval action often overlooked-namely the effect of high explosive shells on the human body.

Employing the wealth of archival and photographic material, as well as the numerous first-hand accounts of the German, British and Australian participants, the author has written a work that takes the reader right to the centre of the action and brings alive the immediacy and horror of naval warfare for those who took part.

Author:Wesley Olson
Specs:288 pages, 24 x 16.5 x 2.9 cm / 9 x 6.5 x 1.14 in, hardback
Illustrations:30 b&w photographs and maps
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2018)
Book: The Last Cruise of a German Raider - The Destruction of SMS Emden

The Last Cruise of a German Raider - The Destruction of SMS Emden

Language: English

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Deutsche Minensuch­ und Räumboote - Seit 1914

Mit Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts gewann die Abwehr von Seeminen für die Seemächte eine zentrale Bedeutung. Diese verantwortungsvolle und gefährliche Aufgabe lösten und lösen gut ausgebildete Besatzungen mit ihren Minensuch- und -räumbooten, den Sperrbrechern und auch den Minenräumern aus der Luft.

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Dieses einzigartige Buch widmet sich neben den für die Bekämpfung von Seeminen erforderlichen Schiffen auch denen, die in erster Linie für das Legen von Minensperren verantwortlich waren: den Minenlegern.
Der Autor Knut Schäfer gibt dem Leser einen umfassenden Überblick aller Minenräum-, -such- und -legekräfte.

Author:Knut Schäfer
Specs:176 pages, 24.5 x 17.5 x 1.5 cm / 9.7 x 6.9 x 0.59 in, hardback
Illustrations:300 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2021)
Book: Deutsche Minensuch­ und Räumboote - Seit 1914

Deutsche Minensuch­ und Räumboote - Seit 1914

Language: German

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Skagerrak : The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes

In January 1916 Vizeadmiral Scheer took command of the High Sea Fleet. This aggressive and pugnacious leader embarked upon a vigorous offensive program which culminated in the greatest clash between dreadnought capital ships the world had seen.

Although outnumbered almost two to one, Vizeadmiral Scheer conducted a provocative operation on 31 May 1916. Who would prevail: the massive preponderance of British heavy calibre cannon, or the aggressive tactics of the street fighter Scheer?

Manning the ships of both sides were the technically skilled and talented seamen who were prepared to carry out their duties loyally and courageously until the very end. Over 8,500 men perished in less than 10 hours of fighting, a horrendous loss, even by World War One standards.

This book gives voice to many of the German Navy participants, from a German perspective, on this tumultuous battle fought over 100 years ago. These men gave their all and are gone now, but not forgotten.

Author:Gary Staff
Specs:208 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:40 b&w photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2016)
Book: Skagerrak : The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes

Skagerrak : The Battle of Jutland Through German Eyes

Language: English

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Jutland 1916 : The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

The Battle of Jutland was the largest naval battle and the only full-scale clash of battleships in the First World War. For years the myriad factors contributing to the loss of many of the ships remained a mystery, subject only to speculation and theory.

In this book, marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that vanished on the night of 31st May 1916, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known in 1916 to what the archaeology is revealing today.
The knowledge of what was present was transformed in 2015 by a groundbreaking survey using the modern technology of multi-beam. This greatly assisted in unravelling the details behind several Jutland enigmas, not least the devastating explosions which claimed five major British warships, the details of the wrecks of the 13 destroyers lost in the battle and the German warships scuttled during the night phase.

This is the first book to identify the locations of many of the wrecks, and - scandalously - how more than half of these sites have been illegally plundered for salvage, despite their status as war graves. An essential and revelatory read for anyone interested in naval history and marine archaeology.

Author:Dr Innes McCartney
Specs:272 pages, 24.5 x 19 cm / 9.7 x 7.5 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2016)
Book: Jutland 1916 : The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

Jutland 1916 : The Archaeology of a Naval Battlefield

Language: English

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Scapa 1919 - The Archaeology of a Scuttled Fleet

The German High Seas Fleet was one of the most powerful naval forces in the world, and had fought the pride of the Royal Navy to a stalemate at the battle of Jutland in 1916.
After the armistice was signed, ending fighting in World War I, it surrendered to the British and was interned in Scapa Flow pending the outcome of the Treaty of Versailles. In June 1919, the entire fleet attempted to sink itself in the Flow to prevent it being broken up as war prizes. Of the 74 ships present, 52 sunk and 22 were prevented from doing so by circumstance and British intervention.

Marine archaeologist and historian Dr Innes McCartney reveals for the first time what became of the warships that were scuttled, examining the circumstances behind the loss of each ship and reconciling what was known at the time to what the archaeology is telling us today. This fascinating study reveals a fleet lost for nearly a century beneath the waves.

Author:Innes McCartney
Specs:272 pages, 25.5 x 19.5 x 3.1 cm / 10 x 7.7 x 1.22 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2019)
Book: Scapa 1919 - The Archaeology of a Scuttled Fleet

Scapa 1919 - The Archaeology of a Scuttled Fleet

Language: English

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