The Kaiser's Legacy | Submarine Quandary
Intelligence | The Z-Plan
Adolf Hitler came into power in 1933 while Admiral Erich Raeder was chief of the Reichsmarine. Hitler authorized production of capital warships in 1937 to give Germany a powerful battle fleet. If completed, the Z-Plan would restore Germany's naval prestige that deteriorated in the First World War. Great Britain and France declared war on Nazi Germany in 1939 and demolished this dream.
'Kriegsmarine: Admiral Raeder's Navy' outlines the history of the Z-Plan. The book records the fate of Germany's capital warships in the Second World War. Bismarck, Tirpitz, Gneisenau, Scharnhorst, Lützow (formerly Deutschland) and Admiral Scheer gave important service in the war. Graf Zeppelin, the aircraft carrier, remained unfinished. Admiral Raeder's Navy clearly resolves outstanding questions regarding the pocket battleship Admiral Graf Spee. Joseph Gilbey shows the history of the German navy, including the U-boat divisions, in a new perspective.