Tirpitz And The Imperial German Navy

Author: Patrick J. Kelly
Publisher: Indiana University Press
ISBN: 0253001757
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Grand Admiral Alfred von Tirpitz (1849–1930) was the principal force behind the rise of the German Imperial Navy prior to World War I, challenging Great Britain’s command of the seas. As State Secretary of the Imperial Naval Office from 1897 to 1916, Tirpitz wielded great power and influence over the national agenda during that crucial period. By the time he had risen to high office, Tirpitz was well equipped to use his position as a platform from which to dominate German defense policy. Though he was cool to the potential of the U-boat, he enthusiastically supported a torpedo boat branch of the navy and began an ambitious building program for battleships and battle cruisers. Based on exhaustive archival research, including new material from family papers, Tirpitz and the Imperial German Navy is the first extended study in English of this germinal figure in the growth of the modern navy.

Building The Kaiser S Navy

Author: Gary E. Weir
Publisher: Naval Inst Press
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On the 60-year arms race with the Royal Navy, the armaments industry (that outdid the Brits in most regards), the politics and policies. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.


Author: Michael Epkenhans
Publisher: Potomac Books, Inc.
ISBN: 1574884441
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He dared to challenge British naval supremacy

German Naval Strategy 1856 1888

Author: David H. Olivier
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714655536
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This book is a comparative study of the evolution of the German navy in the second half of the nineteenth century. It examines the development of strategy, especially commerce-raiding, in comparison to what other navies were doing in this era of rapid technological change. It is not an insular history, merely listing ship rosters or specific events; it is a history of the German navy in relation to its potential foes. It is also a look at a new military institution involved in an inter-service rivalry for funds, technology and manpower with the prestigious and well-established army.

Luxury Fleet Rle The First World War

Author: Holger H. Herwig
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317703650
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Originally published in 1980 ‘Luxury’ Fleet (the phrase was Winston Churchill’s) was the first history of the Imperial German navy from 1888 to 1918. After tracing the historical background to German naval ambitions, the first two sections of the book analyse Admiral Tirpitz’s programme of building a battle fleet strong enough to engage the Royal Navy in the North Sea. The author shows the fleet in its European setting and describes the warships and the attitudes of the officer corps and seamen. The final section of the book discusses the tactical deployment of the German fleet during the First World War, both in home waters and overseas; and it weighs the balance between those who supported fleet actions in preference to those who favoured cruiser and submarine warfare.

Imperial German Navy Admirals

Author: Source Wikipedia
Publisher: University-Press.org
ISBN: 9781230528960
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 38. Chapters: Franz von Hipper, Alfred von Tirpitz, Reinhard Scheer, Prince Henry of Prussia, Maximilian von Spee, Otto von Diederichs, Prince Adalbert of Prussia, Felix von Bendemann, Hans von Koester, August von Thomsen, Georg Alexander von Muller, Friedrich von Hollmann, Hermann Bauer, Viktor Valois, Felix Funke, William Michaelis, Wilhelm Souchon, Gustav von Senden-Bibran, Eduard von Knorr, Ludwig von Reuter, Leberecht Maass, Karl Eduard Heusner, Henning von Holtzendorff, August von Heeringen, Erhard Schmidt, Hugo Meurer, Ludwig von Henk, Hans Zenker, Hugo von Pohl, Paul Behncke, Paul von Hintze, Friedrich von Ingenohl, Max von der Goltz, Alexander von Monts, Hubert von Rebeur-Paschwitz, Adolf von Trotha, Eduard von Capelle, Friedrich Bodicker, Paul Hoffmann, Albrecht von Stosch, Reinhold von Werner. Excerpt: Franz Ritter von Hipper (13 September 1863 - 25 May 1932) was an admiral in the German Imperial Navy (Kaiserliche Marine). Franz von Hipper joined the German Navy in 1881 as an officer cadet. He commanded several torpedo boat units and served as watch officer aboard several warships, as well as Kaiser Wilhelm II's yacht Hohenzollern. Hipper commanded several cruisers in the reconnaissance forces before being appointed commander of the I Scouting Group in October 1913. He held this position until 1918, when he succeeded Admiral Reinhard Scheer as commander of the High Seas Fleet. He is most famous for commanding the German battlecruisers of the I Scouting Group during World War I, particularly at the Battle of Jutland on 31 May - 1 June 1916. During the war, Hipper led the German battlecruisers on several raids of the English coast, for which he was vilified in the English press as a "baby killer." His squadron clashed with the British battlecruiser squadron at the Battle of Dogger Bank in January 1915, where the...

Imperialism At Sea

Author: Rolf Hobson
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9780391041059
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This book examines the origins of Wilhelmine Germany's "Tirpitz Plan" of naval rearmament. The evolution of the Imperial Navy's strategic theories is compared with that of the French, British, and United States navies. Particular attention is given to the relationship between strategy and maritime law within the different national schools.


Author: Niklas Zetterling
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 1935149180
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The final days of Germany's greatest battleship illuminates the strategic implications and dramatic battles surrounding the "Tirpitz," a ship that may have had greater influence on the course of World War II than her more famous sister, the "Bismarck."

German Battleships 1939 45

Author: Gordon Williamson
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1780966172
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In this, the first of a five volume series covering the capital ships of the German Navy of World War II, Gordon Williamson examines the design, development and operational use of the battleships used by the Kriegsmarine. The 'Schlesien' and 'Schleswig-Hostein' were used mostly as training ships until the end of the war when they took part in bombardment of Soviet troop movements in East Prussia. The 'Scharnhorst' had a successful career until her sinking at the battle of the North Cape, and the 'Gneisenau' with her ignominious end as a block-ship. Bismarck's short but glorious career and Tirpitz's lonely vigil in Norway's distant Fjords until sunk by RAF bombers using the massive 'Tallboy' bombs are also covered.