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German Light Cruisers of World War II: Emden, Konigsberg, Karlsruhe, Koln, Leipzig, Nurnberg Hardcover – May 31, 2002


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 223 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; 1St Edition edition (May 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557503109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557503107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

GERHARD KOOP served in both the Kriegesmarine and the postwar Bundesmarine, and became one of German's leading authorities on warship design and the author of numerous highly regarded books. His collaborator, KLAUS-PETER SCHMOLKE, was well-known for the detail and accuracy of his technical drawings. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bill Hensler VINE VOICE on March 2, 2007
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Gerhard Koop does an excellent job writing up the design, construction, and operational life of the German light cruisers of WWII.

These ships were all limited by restructions by the treaty that ended The Great War. So, unlike the later "Panzerschiffe" which pretty much openly cheated on the treaty, the German followed the treaty to the letter on these light cruisers. The end result was the Germans got some very expensive coastal cruisers, they were not better that "light cruiser monitors".

Everything on the later ships will strike the typical reader as a little off. There is a picture of an Omaha Class US cruiser sailing with a Kohn class cruiser, both had about the same fire power but the US ship was a far better sea ship even though it had rivet construction that could stand little battle damage, as when the USS Marblehead nearly sank when a 550 pound bomb exploded close to the ship and popped all the rivets in her stern.

Gerhard Koop's book is good. Yes, I gave it only four stars. He has rather crude line drawings in the book and they are near useless to get any informantion from. I was hoping that this book would be like the excellent series of books from Dr. Norman Friedman. This is not the case. However, there are many excellent picures and very good write ups on the operational history of these ships.

However, this reviewer is generally happy with the book. It gives a complete write up on all the light cruisers in WWII, their design histories, operational usage, and their ultimate fates.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By capital one on March 4, 2014
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though not much is known about the 6 light cruisers in the world war two german fleet becuase they saw little combat there are still a interesting class of warship. this book is a highlly detailed book on the emeden,k class cruisers and leipzig and nurmberg light cruisers.ful,l of detailed information and drawings and many photos of each ship this book is a must read.i will definatlly keep this book in my collection.
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