Book Review-‘The Kaiser’s Battlefleet: German capital ships, 1870–1918’ by A. Dodson
In this study of German capital ships from 1871 to 1918 Aidan Dodson, senior research fellow at University of Bristol, has provided one of the few English-language monographs on this subject. This is a highly detailed study of the design and use of these ships, from the advent of the Prussian navy in 1871 down to and including the last two warships of this period to see action in the Second World War.
This is the story of the German Imperial Navy, illustrated by the design and use of its capital ships. Dodson provides both the political and strategic background to the rise of a navy that, by 1914, would be the second largest navy in the world, second only to the Royal Navy of Great Britain. Woven throughout this story is the operational use of fleets and individual ships. The second part of the book provides ship technical details, construction histories and the final fate of these ships after the Great War and the inter-war years between 1918 and 1939 and beyond…