Images of War Tirpitz The First Voyage Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives
By Jonathan Sutherland and Diane Canwell
9781848846685 2011 Pen and Sword Barnsley, South Yorkshire
The photos in this book are taken from an unpublished album belonged to a member of the crew of famous German Battleship Tirpitz. It is a little known fact that before the start of World War Two the ship went on a shakedown voyage into the Atlantic, travelling north into Arctic waters and south into the more tropical climbs of the Caribbean. There are superb photos of the officers and crew both above and below decks, including some unique shots of the crew during their stint on a magnificent sail training vessel. Other stunning shots show the vessels mighty weapons during gunnery practice during her sea trials. This unique collection gives a close up view of one of the most powerful ships of World War Two, a ship that proved to be a persistent thorn in the side of the Royal Navy until sunk in Norway towards the end of the war.
This book is a fascinating look at the German Navy built around a collection of photographs from a Luftwaffe flight officer stationed on Tirpitz. The details of youth work, naval training, wartime service and postwar incarceration are displayed with detailed captions. One small error was noted on page 71, the photo shows a light cruiser built in the 1930s and not the training ship Schleswig-Holstein as indicated.
The fate of original photo album owner after his incarceration in France has not been discovered to date.
We are certainly happy his photographic work has survived for present day and future historians to study.