|The battleships of the Kaiser’s fleet have been comparatively overlooked when contrasted in coverage of British all big gun battleships. With the volumes by R.A. Burt, Norman Friedman and many others covering in great detail Britain’s battleships,
where does that leave their foe, the battleships of the High Seas Fleet? In my opinion, probably the best textual coverage is found in The Kaiser’s Battlefleet, German Capital Ships 1871-1918 by Aidan Dodson, Seaforth Publishing 2016. This fine
reference book has 256 pages of information on all of Imperial Germany’s battleships constructed after the formation of Imperial Germany following the Franco-German War until its demise in 1918 when Emperor Wilhelm II abdicated the throne.
However, the first 71 pages of the volume cover predreadnoughts and armored cruisers. There is a new volume that provides superb photographic coverage of the Imperial German all big gun battleships from the Nassau Class through the Bayern Class.
Tis volume is German Battleships 1909-1919, Warship Pictorial 48 by Steve Wiper and Classic Warships Publishing.
From the name of the volume, you certainly ascertain the focal point of this volume, photographs. Including the photographs on the covers, there are 96 photographs in Steve Wiper’s new volume. Most photographs take a whole page but some photos
occupy two pages and some pages have three photographs on a page. The quality of the paper is outstanding with heavy stock glossy paper. Seven of the photographs are painstakingly colorized by Atsushi Yamahita. However, it is not the numbers of
photographs or the colorization that strikes me. I am amazed that much more than half of the photographs I have never seen before. How many of you have seen a photograph of SMS Kronprinz firing at the Russian prdereadnought Grazhdanin, ex-
Tsarevitch, at the Battle of Moon Sound on October 17, 1917?