This book discusses the concept of the Battlekreuzer. The German Groerkreuzers, as they were known, were built to strict financial limits, and therefore the German designs were always a compromise between the factors listed under design philosophy. Individual ship histories are detailed with particular emphasis upon their battle experience and deployment in conflict, and author Gary Staff includes a variety of official records and personal first-hand accounts will be used. The battlekreuzer had a remarkable ability to withstand battle damage, as demonstrated by the Goeben, which suffered five mine hits on one occasion. Full colour artwork plates and detailed line drawings and photographs support the and enrich the engaging text.
About the Author
Gary Staff has studied the Imperial German Navy for much of his life and has frequently traveled to Germany and elsewhere to consult relevant archives. His most recent book is "Battle on the Seven Seas: German Cruiser Battles,
Innes McCartney is an historian and nautical archaeologist, specializing in 20th-century naval vessels. He lectures widely on a number of associated subjects. A passion for shipwrecks has led to some famous discoveries, including the submarine M1 and the battlecruiser "HMS Indefatigable," His previous book, "Lost Patrols" detailed his uncovering the 121 submarines sunk in the English Channel. His own underwater photography illustrates this book. The author lives in Cornwall, UK.
Tony Bryan is a freelance illustrator of many years' experience who lives and works in Dorset. He initially qualified in Engineering and worked for a number of years in Military Research and Development, and has a keen interest in military hardware - armor, small arms, aircraft and ships. Tony has produced many illustrations for partworks, magazines and books, including a number of titles in the New Vanguard series. Tony Bryan lives in Dorset, UK.
"...German BattleCruisers 1914-18 is a fascinating account of one of the main types of warships comprising the heart of the German Navy during World War One... the book is finely written and extraordinarily researched. It would appeal to and make a valuable addition in the library of naval and maritimes historians, scale modellers, naval architechts, naval ordnance specialists, marine engineers and those interested in the ships and history of the Imperial German Navy. The book is highly recommended." -Mark R Condeno, Canadian Army Journal (Fall 2007)
"Overall, this is a superb book on the type and an excellent primer for those who want to get the basic on these most interesting ships." -Scott Van Aken, modelingmadness.com