The fourth offering in the series that includes Wehrmacht, Luftwaffe and Panzer, Kriegsmarine brings you the story of the naval forces of the Third Reich. Even without a large surface fleet, German ships like the Graf Spee, Bismarck and Tirpitz kept Allied forces occupied, while the U-boat fleet proved a formidable force beneath the waves. All categories of German vessels are explored, accompanied by an authoritative history of the Kriegsmarine.
Though the German Navy's World War II surface fleet was relatively small, ships like the Graf Spee, Bismarck, and Tirpitz tied down a substantial portion of Allied naval resources for much of the war, while its U-boat fleet wreaked terror with merchant vessels and nearly starved Britain into surrender. This pictorial record explains the Kriegsmarine's World War I roots and its rebuilding in contravention to the Treaty of Versailles before going on to examine the rebirth of the German U-boat fleet, the use of commerce raiders like the Atlantis and Komet, the naval campaigns in which the German navy participated, and Kriegsmarine leaders. Everything from small coastal vessels to U-boats to giant battleships are illustrated with previously unpublished images of the Kriegsmarine in action.