ONI 204 German Naval Vessels: World War II Recognition Guide
8.25x6", 166 pages
Originally printed in 1944, ONI 204 German Naval Vessels presents a categorical description of the various German warships that comprised the Kriegsmarine during WWII. Created by the Office of Naval Intelligence, it was one of a series of classified recognition guides produced for officers and staff. It contains numerous data tables, designation information, and over 1200 illustrations compiled from a wide variety of sources, including intelligence reports and reconnaissance photographs. The book includes the full catalog of ships in service ranging from the mighty battleship Tirpitz (sister ship Bismarck was sunk by the time it was published) to the battle cruisers, pocket battleships, destroyers, tenders, U-boats, mine vessels, transports and tenders that serviced the fleet. Also included is information about captured warships under German control, and a profile of the never-completed aircraft carrier Graf Zeppelin.
ONI 204 is astonishing in its range and detail. Browsing through its pages you’ll find silhouettes, photographs and photos of models, airbrushed renderings and drawings, and detailed plans and profiles of twenty-five classes of warship. Throughout the text, the similarities and differences between the various ships are described, and many specific details highlighted, making this a must-have book for the historian and modeler.
This high quality reprint of this now-declassified book is slightly reformatted but presents the original text in its entirety.
166 pages, 8.25x6" format, softbound, black and white interior and full color covers.