Whilst the Kriegsmarine's surface fleet, restricted for much of the period after 1919 by the terms of the Versailles Treaty, was relatively small in comparison to the Royal Navy, it did possess a number of highly potent battleships and other capital vessels that could - and did - pose a major threat to British interests in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean. Amongst the most powerful were the two battleships - the Bismarck and the Tirpitz. The awesome power of the former was demonstrated by its destruction of HMS Hood in May 1941, although it was itself to be sunk shortly afterward. For Royal Navy planners and tacticians, the close monitoring of the other German capital ships was a pressing need, particularly if the Germans were ever to pose a serious threat to the all-important convoys across the Atlantic and to Russia. Moreover considerable effort went into trying to neutralize the threat either by keeping the German warships penned into harbor or by sinking them.
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A great and compelling saga, wonderfully read
- Scott "No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration."
I would recommend this to anyone who has an inquisitive mind into the full story of the Tirpitz & the role it played in the Arctic convoy battles. This book delivers.
By the same author: "Bismarck: The Final Days of Germany's Greatest Battleship" This book contrasts the other side of the Atlantic convoy battles.
Most definitely the scene where the midget "X" submarines are attempted for a daring attack on the battleship.
The narrator does a superb job of parlaying this historical story. He has excellent inflection throughout the story and was a pleasure to listen to.
One word of note though, this story will tell you more than just about the Tirpitz. It will lay out many historical instances of the Arctic convoy battles and how the Kriegsmarine's role played in that.
- Melissa Gregg