Tirpitz

The Life and Death of Germany’s Last Great Battleship

Daniel Knowles

Referred to by Churchill as ‘the Beast', ‘Tirpitz' was Germany's last great battleship and was one of the largest ever constructed in Europe. It was in November 1944 that she was finally sunk by the RAF. This book looks at the situation in Germany that led to the decision to build the ‘Tirpitz' before going on to analyse her life and death.
Date Published :
May 2018
Publisher :
Fonthill Media
Language:
English
Illustration :
B&W
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781556696
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9.75 X 6.75 inches
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Overview
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Referred to by Winston Churchill as ‘the Beast’, ‘Tirpitz’ was Germany’s last great battleship and was one of the largest and heaviest battleships ever constructed by a European navy. Sister ship to the infamous ‘Bismarck’, ‘Tirpitz’ may be referred to as ‘the Lonely Queen of the North’. Laid down in 1936 and commissioned in 1941, ‘Tirpitz’ spent most of her operational life lurking as a ‘fleet in being’ amongst the fjords of Norway. Such was the threat posed to the sea lanes, and with that the Allied war effort, and so obsessed was Churchill and the Admiralty with her destruction that twenty-four operations, ranging from the foolhardy to the ridiculous were undertaken against her. It was in November 1944 that the ‘Tirpitz’ was finally sunk, not by the Royal Navy, but by the aircraft of RAF Bomber Command. Using a variety of sources this book begins by looking at the military and political situation in Germany that led to the decision to build the ‘Tirpitz’ before going on to analyse the life and death of Germany’s last great battleship.

About The Author
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DANIEL KNOWLES was born in Newcastle upon Tyne and has been interested in history since the age of eight. The main focus of his historical interest is the Second World War. In 2016 he graduated with an honours degree in History and Politics from the University of Northumbria. His dissertation was written on the changing perceptions to the wartime role played by RAF Bomber Command.

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