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Product Details

  • Paperback: 118 pages
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing; 3rd Revised edition edition (September 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1425122167
  • ISBN-13: 978-1425122164
  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,789,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Richard Worth on March 10, 2008
This unpretentious book, just 110 pages, is at its best when sticking close to its source material; the thirteen-page chapter on shipboard procedures stands out as most valuable. The moment it moves into analysis or background, things become shaky. Perhaps the best example is the discussion of ship displacement in inter-war naval treaties, which the author gets exactly wrong and which has no direct relationship to the subject anyway.
Chronological disorder afflicts the first chapters - flashbacks, fast-forwards, digressions, and wholesale shifts in time. The first sentence on page 12 says Graf Zeppelin's keel-laying followed the launch of the battleship Gneisenau by twenty days; the very next sentence separates the events by two years. Apparently Burke has time-traveled to the carrier's launch without telling us. He eventually manages to confuse even himself. On page 27, the Germans "visited Britain's HMS Furious being displayed during Navy Week for some inspiration, but would gain little from this early carrier. They would be more successful in their visit to Japan and the carrier Akagi, returning with plans for elevators and aircraft arrestors essential for flight-deck operations" - hardly revelatory for a reader who encountered the exact same information on page 15.
Another round of proof-reading and fact-checking would have helped. In mentioning American officer McDonnell and the attack on Pearl Harbor, Burke manages to misspell both McDonnell and Pearl Harbor. He correctly identifies Slavnyi as the vessel ultimately responsible for sinking Graf Zeppelin but cannot say whether Slavnyi was a submarine or a destroyer. (She was a destroyer, as can be readily found in numerous sources.
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By Ralph D. Glashoff on February 3, 2015
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This is a very excellent book on this not previously published subject -- very good.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Brown on April 21, 2010
I liked this book, but readers should be aware I have seen two versions of this book - perhaps a second edition? Its not so clear - one with colour images, including two stunning sonar images of the wreck which appears to lie largly intact.

The book traces the story of the ship from the genesis of the carrier idea in Germany through to her eventual loss.

I was particularly interested to read the chapter that disclosed the fact that the Royal navy were affraid of this ship - more so than any other in the German fleet, Bismarck included.

All in all a thumbs up.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Lamb on April 7, 2013
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Interesting book about an almost unknown occurrence. Had Germany been able to carry and launch aircraft from it it might have changed WWII naval activities.
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