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The Battleship Bismarck

The Battleship Bismarck Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review December 2018 Title The Battleship Bismarck
Author Stefan Draminski Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2018 ISBN 9781472828880
Format 336 pages, hardbound MSRP (USD) $60.00


Looking for a thorough, one-stop reference on, arguably, Nazi Germany's most famous warship?

Get The Battleship Bismarck – first in an apparently new "Anatomy of the Ship" series from Osprey Publications.

A glance at the cover of this hefty hardback hints at the size and scope of this amazing, 336-page volume by author/illustrator Stefan Draminski.

The lavishly illustrated effort sports 660 beautifully produced scale drawings, 400 amazingly executed 3D Bismarck views, and plenty of supporting photos – all distributed across three chunky chapters:

  • history and technical description
  • primary views
  • detail illustrations

The last divides into ten more subsections:

  • General arrangements
  • Hull structure
  • Superstructure
  • Rig
  • Armament
  • Fire Control
  • Fittings
  • Aircraft
  • Boats
  • Other ships in Operation Rheinübung: DKM Prinz Eugen and HMS Hood

Depth of detail is astounding. What are those rectangular panels above and behind the Bugspiere? They look like windows!

What a terrific tome. I loved it. Bismarck modelers will, too.

Robustly recommended.

My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!