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4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best carrier of WWII..., October 2, 2005
This review is from: Aircraft Carrier: Graf Zeppelin (Schiffer Military History) (Paperback)
As I'm sure most model makers and naval history buffs can atest, there is little information out there when it comes to the Graf Zeppelin. Breyer's work is an - perhaps thee - exception. Since many WWII Allied diagrams of the Graf Zepplin were flawed, the pictures included are a MUST for anyone trying to build their own scale model of Germany's only aircraft carrier. History buffs too will find a lot worth reading, from the ship itself to the flight systems to even the intended air wing. All in all, a good source of information, though there obviously isn't a lot out there to compare it too when it comes to this often forgotten warship.
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4.0 out of 5 stars GRAF ZEPPELIN by Siegfried Beyer, October 13, 2012
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A4 sized paperback 36 pages written in 1987. Good collection of photgraphs and some line drawings with narrative of the history of design, development and fate. As was published prior to Glasnost and the later discovery of the Wreck it is erroneous as to the final fate.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed work, July 20, 2013
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I have always thought the Graf Zeppelin going to sea with the Bismark and Prince Eugen would have ruled the Atlantic. German's preoccupation with war in the east drained away the necessary resources to complete the Z plan. This work goes a long way to explain why. The detailed drawing would help a modeler.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of the what ifs?, June 28, 2012
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CHRISTOPHER DAY (Katoomba, NSW Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Aircraft Carrier: Graf Zeppelin (Schiffer Military History) (Paperback)
I've said before in these reveiws I am impressed by the Schiffer Military seris
of photo essays & books.
This one I chose , not because it was a Schiffer title but the subject matter & the cost.
Rare photos & scale drawings abound in a 32 page book.
Yes , a 32 page book.Though the title is listed as 49 pages.
The final 15 pages are taken up with modern(1993)naval vessel reveiw & a
intresting relevant history of the Washington Fleet Conference of 1922.
Back to the core of the book....
Unlike other Schiffer titles this one provides a full history of the Aircraft Carrier project.
From Design studies to political arguments , fitting out , testing to mothballing.
Sure there are thicker more expensive books on the market that cover this Ship ,
but I doubt more consise or detailed.

Chris D
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4.0 out of 5 stars A might-have-been, August 9, 2014
This review is from: Aircraft Carrier: Graf Zeppelin (Schiffer Military History) (Paperback)
The German navy seems to have made Hitler uncomfortable--he never pretended to understand the sea or the ships that fought on it, though he got the submarine idea well enough. Germany (and Italy) were the only major World War II naval powers that lacked aircraft carriers. This brief photo album highlights what was almost created--a keel-up original design for a carrier (and a planned sister) that were never completed. What stopped the GRAF was changing priorities--chiefly the need to clear ship ways to build more U-boats. Had she appeared--and survived growing Allied air power both at sea and over land--she might have made a difference in early fighting. This booklet offers most of the surviving photos of what was achieved--a ship better than 75% completed, but never armed or commissioned.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unknown ship, July 11, 2006
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A good book about a very little known ship.I would liked to had more info on the planes that would have been on her however.
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Aircraft Carrier: Graf Zeppelin (Schiffer Military History)
Aircraft Carrier: Graf Zeppelin (Schiffer Military History) by Siegfried Breyer (Paperback - April 1, 1990)
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