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German Battleship Helgoland: As Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans by [Aidan Dodson]

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"Model-makers will revel in German Battleship Helgoland's detailed illustrations, along with warship enthusiasts who might wonder how these behemoths were designed. At first glance, then, this book is published for a specialist niche audience, but the level of detail draws even the layman in, and sometimes books can be simply beautiful and that is enough." --Wargames Illustrated

"German Battleship Helgoland is another excellent book for anyone interested in maritime affairs. As with many of the books in this series it opens one's eyes to much more than is visible on the original plans. It is hard to put down." --The Australian Naval Institute --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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AIDAN DODSON, after a career in the Ministry of Defence, now teaches at the University of Bristol. He is the author of a number of books on naval history. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07WFCQ5RL
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Seaforth Publishing (May 30, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ May 30, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 47267 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 110 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
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    4.4 out of 5 stars 21 ratings

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Aidan Dodson was born in London and brought up in Slough, Berkshire. He studied Egyptology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, obtaining his BA in 1985, his MPhil in 1986 and his PhD in 1995; he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He has taught in the Department of Anthropology &amp; Archaeology at Bristol University, since 1996, and became Honorary full Professor of Egyptology in August 2018.

During the Spring semester of 2013 he was William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.

He has a further, completely unrelated, research interest - the warships of the later nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, on which he first published an article in 1988. His first full-length book on ships was published in the spring of 2016.

Over the years he has given invited public lectures in the UK, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Denmark, Italy and Spain, and regularly accompanies tours to Egypt and the Sudan. Having joined the London-based Egypt Exploration Society at the age of 15, he served as its Chairman of Trustees from 2011 to 2016. Dr Dodson met his wife while teaching her Egyptology at an adult education class and proposed to her in the burial chamber of an ancient vizier; they live in Bristol.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a detailed book on an Imperial German warship!
By Daryl Carpenter on March 28, 2019
Although there have been quite a few books which describe the capital ships of the Kaiserliche Marine in a broad sense, I can't name a single one off the top of my head which details the inner arrangements of a single ship at a greater than superficial level. This new book in the "Detailed in the Original Builders' Plans" series isn't flawless, but it goes a long way towards rectifying this problem.

If you purchased the three previous books in the series, you know what to expect. Although there's a brief introduction describing the ship's design, armor, armament, machinery, and career, the majority of the book is occupied entirely by plans and blueprints. Much like the famous British "admiralty draughts," the majority of these plans are in full color, were updated sometime after Jutland, and were acquired in the early 1920s by the armistice commission. The "as fitted" plans include plans of each deck, 25 transverse sections through the hull, and a four-page gatefold longitudinal section. Accompanying these are a number of more traditional plans, depicting the armor and conning tower layouts, pumping and flooding arrangements, fire control circuits, coaling rig, boat stowage, the forward capstans, and the ship's distinctive kingposts. Finally, there's a color profile of SMS Posen and plans of that ship's midships hull structure and double bottom.

Considering that the plans are nearly 110 years old, most of them look pretty good, although some of them suffer from fading and the occasional damage. All of them are in German, but English translations for all of the keys are provided. The level of detail is somewhat inconsistent. While many of the traditional plans are exceptionally detailed, in particular the pumping and fire control plans, the "as fitted" plans are not as crisply executed or detailed as their British counterparts. More disappointing is the sketchiness of the captions and callouts, which are usually very brief or merely provide the name a certain compartment. Once again, you'll need a good magnifying glass, as most of the plans were printed at 1:100 or 1:50 scale and have been shrunk quite a bit to fit the pages.

Although it falls short of the level of detail provided by earlier books in the series, anyone frustrated by the relative lack of information available on Imperial German capital ships will find much to love here. Now for another 50 books on Bismarck and Scharnhorst...
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Ralph Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine effort to interpret German plans in sepia colours & difficult to read. Magnifier essential!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 2, 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Know the subject before investing
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 4, 2020
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Karsten Klein
3.0 out of 5 stars Die Erwartungen waren zu groß
Reviewed in Germany on March 28, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sms Helgoland Builder's Plans book.
Reviewed in Canada on June 11, 2019
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