A visual account of the Scharnhorst

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A visual account of the Scharnhorst

Post by Terje Langoy » Wed Feb 20, 2008 10:51 pm

G'day all,

I recently ordered myself an apparently interesting book on Amazon. It was titled "Battleship Scharnhorst, crew photo album" by a chap named Randall Shoker. Although I don't put too much faith into an account that dates Operation Berlin to spring 1940 (editorial review) I decided to make a purchase nonetheless as I did see some unknown photos in here.

But this could perhaps be a book for you, Gary? :think:

Btw, does anyone hold an opinion on the book "Naval operations of the campaign in Norway" by David Brown?
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Re: A visual account of the Scharnhorst

Post by RF » Sat May 02, 2009 9:39 am

Did you obtain this book? What did you think oh it?
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Post by Terje Langoy » Fri May 15, 2009 4:47 pm

I got it!

Shoker's book holds a lot of photos taken aboard, from the Berlin-sortie as well as the icy winter of 1940. However, I found none from her visits in norwegian waters (as far as I can estimate location in these photos) Along with the photos, you'll find a brief account and at the end of the book you'll find a ship plan by Loef which I find very annoying since this plan is divided by book pages instead of making it as a fold-out section. Shoker write in his introduction that "...this is a photo book, not a historical or technical reference" and those few words would indeed sum up exactly what you get.

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Re: A visual account of the Scharnhorst

Post by rtwpsom2 » Mon May 18, 2009 7:43 am

Fromm the standpoint of a modeler, I really liked this book. It had a lot of detail photos, better ones in my opinion than the koop or breyer books. I think I would rather have forgone the "model plans" in the back for more photos, but I think it was well worth the 20 or so USD I spent on it. I am certainly not the historian Terje is, I am not even much of a ship guy to be honest. I am actually a tank guy, so researching the Scharnhorst is rather oddball for me. That said you can take my opinion on the book with a grain of salt.

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Re: A visual account of the Scharnhorst

Post by mike kemble » Mon May 23, 2011 11:53 pm

I actually had the luck to have a book published called 'On A Sailors Grave (No Roses Grow)' a direct reference to the song being sung by the survivors of the Scharnhorst waiting to be rescued by the Royal Navy. Indeed, one of the chapters is The Scharnhorst.

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Re: A visual account of the Scharnhorst

Post by RF » Thu May 26, 2011 5:59 pm

Is the book still in print and obtainable?
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Re: A visual account of the Scharnhorst

Post by mike kemble » Thu May 26, 2011 6:03 pm

yes, from woodfield press sussex

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