German Battleship Helgoland, detailed in the original builders’ plans

The arms race between Britain and Germany that preceded WWI produced new naval designs in both fleets. This new book is part of a series and produced in conjunction with the British National Maritime Museum, using the latest scanning technology. – Very Highly Recommended

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NAME: German Battleship Helgoland, detailed in the original builders' plans
FILE: R2842
AUTHOR: Aidan Dodson
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth Publishing
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 144
PRICE: £30.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Pre-dreadnought, dreadnought battleships, coal fired, armament, naval 
architecture, Anglo-German arms race, The Great War, WWI, World War I, World 
War 1, First World War, The Great War, war at sea, High Seas Fleet

ISBN: 978-1-5267-4759-4

IMAGE: B2842.jpg
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DESCRIPTION:   The arms race between Britain and Germany that preceded 
WWI produced new naval designs in both fleets. This new book  is part of a 
series and produced in conjunction with the British National Maritime 
Museum, using the latest scanning technology. – Very Highly Recommended

This may be regarded as a 'special interest' book that appeals first to a specialist 
readership. Enthusiasts and professional will find much of interest and importance. 
Model makers and model engineers will find this a valuable source of information. 
However, the book is applicable to a wider readership, providing a unique access to 
a set of ship's plans from the incomparable collection of plans held by the National 
Maritime Museum. These plans may have survived in this archive because the 
Helgoland was transferred to Britain as part of the peace agreements following the 
end of World War One and she was broken up in 1924.

SMS Helgoland was launched in 1909 as the name ship of the second class of 
German dreadnoughts. This was a period of rapid advances and the Helgoland Class 
were a significant advance on the first German dreadnought class, with 12 inch guns 
that matched the current armament of British dreadnoughts. SMS Helgoland joined 
the High Seas Fleet and fought at Jutland, before being handed over to the British at 
the end of the war.

This book, as with others in the series, is a major advance in production, benefiting 
from developments in scanning technology that make the plans viable and provide 
an unprecedented degree of detail. There is a very useful page of comparative 
silhouettes of ships in the Helgoland Class, showing how they evolved from the 
name ship and tried different turret configurations for the main armament.

Through the book, plans are supported by captions and annotation. There are also 
extended captions and very informative introduction. This book is likely to become 
collectable as a valuable addition to any serious naval history library or modeller's 
library.