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Redundancy squared and somewhat painful to plow through. What especially irked me about this book is the lack of insight into German design rational, as in why this or that approach was taken. Instead, we have a rehash of what has been said ad nosium, with useless items like a comparison with the Iowa Class being tossed in for no reason. If ever a book needed an editor, this was it. Insights from the survivors was this texts only saving grace, although some of the graphics were good. I was deeply disappointed.
I've just finished reading this coffee-table size book from the US Naval Institute by Garzke, Dulin and Jurens. It has a wealth of pictures and diagrams and an exhaustive study of the ship's sortie into the N Atlantic, the sinking of Hood and damage to Prince of Wales, and her own eventual demise at the hands of Ark Royal, Rodney, KGV, Norfolk & Dorsetshire.
Emphasis on the word "exhaustive", or better "exhausting". While there are many interesting details in the book, they are repeated, over and over and over and over again. If you're told a fact on one page, it's repeated two pages later, just in case you forgot, and then on the next page, and then in the next paragraph. This book had me yelling at times. Didn't they have an editor?
The book did answer one question I had asked here on the message board some months ago. Did a British battleship with submerged torpedo tubes ever fire them? The answer is yes, Rodney fired several of her 24.5in torpedoes at Bismarck, and one may have hit.
I recommend the book for its photos, including many of the wreck as examined by expeditions in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But it is an incredible slog to read through.