Plan Z

The Nazi Bid for Naval Dominance

David Wragg

 
Date Published :
September 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
8 pages of photos
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157273
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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Except for the strength of the U-boat fleet at the height of the Battle of the Atlantic, the German Navy, or Kriegsmarine, was never a match for the Royal Navy, even though the latter was overstretched and fighting in the Atlantic, Pacific, the Mediterranean and the Arctic. It was not meant to be that way. Hitler and his naval staff had a vision for a large and well-balanced fleet, including aircraft carriers.

PLAN Z was the name given for the massive fleet that Germany intended to build, However the Plan relied on the outbreak of the war not occurring at least until 1942. This book examines the way in which such a fleet could have influenced the major battles between the Royal Navy and the Germans.

Plan Z starts by looking at Germany’s history and ambitions as a maritime power. The relationships between the three armed forces and between them and the Fuhrer are also examined, along with the country’s economic and industrial position.

Thanks to the author’s detailed research, PLAN Z considers whether the Nazis’ ambitions could ever have been realized even if the war had been delayed due to the resource and manpower limitations. It also considers what the Royal Navy’s response could have been.

About The Author
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David Wragg has published several highly praised books on railway history, and he produced a textbook for the old Chartered Institute of Transport. He has also written on railways for the Sunday Telegraph, The Spectator, The Scotsman, and the Yorkshire Post. His Wartime on the Railways was reviewed by Rail as 'very readable' and by Railways Illustrated as 'as a fascinating insight and also an important record', and Railways Illustrated chose his Southern Railway Handbook as 'Book of the Month'.One of his most recent publications is The Historical Dictionary of Railways in the British Isles. He is also well known as a writer of military history and provide the British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand material for On Seas Contested- The Seven Great Navies of the Second World War, published in 2010 by the Naval Institute Press in the United States and which won the Stonebooks award for "The Best Non-Fiction book on World War II" to have been published that year.'

REVIEWS
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"“…a well-written yet concise history of the German attempt to dominate the realm of world powers through the use of a strong navy.”

- Nautical Research Journal

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