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German Battleship Helgoland - detailed in the original builders' plans

Aidan Dodson

This book is the latest in a series based entirely on original draughts which depict famous warships in an unprecedented degree of detail. Using the latest scanning technology to make digital copies of the highest quality, it reproduces complete sets in full colour, with many close-ups and enlargements that make every aspect clear and comprehensible. Extensive captions point the reader to important features to be found in the plans, and an introduction covers the background to the design.

The result is a novel form of anatomy that will be a revelation to any warship enthusiast.

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Alongside its incomparable archive of British warship plans, the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich also holds a selection of drawings from foreign sources. Among the gems of this collection are a number of German warships dating from the First World War era. These are official plans, acquired by the Naval Inter-Allied Commission of Control as part of the peace treaty, and very similar in style, detail and draughtsmanship to Royal Navy 'as fitted' general arrangements, including the use of coloured line and washes. The very best of these, in terms of the completeness of coverage and the visual impact of the drawings, relates to the battleship SMS Helgoland, launched in 1909\. The name-ship of the second class of dreadnoughts designed by the Germans, she was a big advance over the earlier Westfalen class, having 12in guns that matched those of her British opponents. She served in the High Seas Fleet throughout the war, fought at Jutland, and was ceded to Britain as part of the peace terms - which is probably why the plans are at Greenwich - and was broken up in 1924. This book is the latest in a series based entirely on original draughts which depict famous warships in an unprecedented degree of detail. Using the latest scanning technology to make digital copies of the highest quality, it reproduces complete sets in full colour, with many close-ups and enlargements that make every aspect clear and comprehensible. Extensive captions point the reader to important features to be found in the plans, and an introduction covers the background to the design. The result is a novel form of anatomy that will be a revelation to any warship enthusiast.

ISBN: 9781526747594
Format: Hardback
Author(s): Aidan Dodson
First Publishment Date: 11 March 2019

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  1. I would have liked to have seen more of the ship’s history but this is only a small criticism of an otherwise excellent book. review by Patrick Boniface on 29/08/2019

    German Battleship Helgoland HB

    By Aidan Dodson

    The Great War battleships were the epitome of early stage battleship design. Whilst virtually every ship of the period is gone, there lives on a catalogue of information and design data that provides those of us living one hundred plus years later an insight into the workings of these great warships. Aidan Dodson’s book reflects the wonderful collections held at the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and this book on one of the premier German battleship designs of the era is an amazing look back. SMS Helogland, was launched in 1909 and was the lead ship in a class of four such battleships designed for the German High Seas Fleet. With her modern 12 inch guns she was far superior to the preceding Westfalen Class and could easily match anything the Royal Navy had in their possession. SMS Helgoland fought at the Battle of Jutland and survived only to be ceded to the British in 1918 at the wars end and broken up six years later.

    This book is the latest in a series that takes the original draughtsman drawings and in minute detail show how these ships were put together. Model makers the world over must wait in anticipation for the next release as the level of detail must make their task all that much easier, or conversely much harder as they try to make fine details visible. The publishers of the book have utilised the 21st Century’s latest scanning technology to make early 20th century drawings clear in reproduction, whilst each of the drawings has been given detailed captions to explain the various notations and other marks. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of the ship’s history but this is only a small criticism of an otherwise excellent book.

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