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
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
IMAGE: B2842.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2of35t3 LINKS: 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.