IntroductionThe Battleship Bismarck
from Osprey Publishing LTD
launches their new series Anatomy of The Ship
. Authored by author, researcher and 3D modeler Stefan Draminski, this amazing hardcover book boasts 336 pages presenting 660 scale drawings and 400 color 3D views! Osprey catalogues this book as ANT 1
with ISBN 9781472828880
. It is also available in eBook (PDF).
Osprey's description of this book is thus
The Bismarck is perhaps the most famous - and notorious - warship ever built. Completed in 1941, the 45,000-ton German battleship sunk HMS Hood, the pride of the British Navy, during one of the most sensational encounters in naval history. Following the sinking, Bismarck was chased around the North Atlantic by many units of the Royal Navy. She was finally dispatched with gunfire and torpedoes on 27 May, less than five months after her completion. Her wreck still lies where she sank, 4,800m down and 960km off the west coast of France.
Drawing on new research and technology, this edition is the most comprehensive examination of Bismarck ever published. It includes a complete set of detailed line drawings with fully descriptive keys and full-colour 3D artwork, supported by technical details, photographs and text on the building of the ship and a record of the ship's service history.
ContentThe Battleship Bismarck
is one of over a dozen similar publications by Stefan Draminski. This 336-page book is presented through several chapters and subsections:
The battleship Bismarck - Technical description
History of the battleship Bismarck
A General arrangements
B Hull structure
F Fire Control
J Other ships involved in Operation Rheinübung
Author Draminski expresses a passion for the Bismarck
and this book looks to be a labor of love. The text begins with 22 pages of detail and history. Described in detail are the main components of the ship:
Heavy anti-aircraft artillery
Medium anti-aircraft artillery
Light anti-aircraft artillery
Main and secondary artillery
Aircraft, catapults and cranes
Boats (nine types)
Other equipment (sonar, paravanes, magnetic protection, etc.)
Camouflage (10 colors and how they were applied)
Wreck of the Bismarck
history is presented through narratives of significant days, from awarding the contract to build the ship on 16 November 1935, through the third McDowell expedition of May 2005.
The rest of the 300 pages are technical illustrations and 3D artwork. Now we will explore that aspect of the book.
Photographs, Artwork, Graphics
Photographic support for the text is limited. However, the photos provided are remarkable. Several show Bismarck
in action at The Denmark Strait. Several document the ship under construction.
Principal characteristics of Bismarck, May 1941
: 20 technical characteristics with data
: described with 13 technical features
: described with 5 technical features
: 7 types and capacity
38cm SK C/34 guns
: 25 characteristics with data
15cm SK C/28 guns
: 24 characteristics with data
10.5cm SK C/33 and 10.5cm SK C/33 na guns
: 24 characteristics with data
3.7cm C/30 guns
: 20 characteristics with data
2cm C/30 and 2cm C/38 guns
: 19 characteristics with data
Specifications of the Arado Ar-196 A two-seat floatplane<: 10 characteristics with data
Ship movements during Operation Rheinübung, 18 May - 1 June 1941
: color map with ship tracks, keyed to 11 events.
Artwork is the meat of this book - over 1,000 creations. The level of effort that went into creating this incredible gallery is extraordinary. The author relates that to illustrate the ship in such detail, that he created 40 million (40,000,000) individual polygons!
Those 40 million polygons first meld together to depict several two-page profiles of Bismarck
24 August 1940, Commissioning Day, Hamburg: a profile and a planform
Early March 1941, Kiel: a profile and a planform, in the Baltic camouflage scheme
Early March 1941, Kiel: the other side in profile, and a 3-quarter view
5 May 1941, Day of Hitler's Visit to the Combat-Ready Battleship off GDynia: in profile and planform
5 May 1941, Day of Hitler's Visit to the Combat-Ready Battleship off GDynia: left and right 3-quarter views
24 May 1941, Battle of the Denmark Strait: profile and planform; 27 May 1941, Bismarck's Last Battle: bird's-eye view of the bow and stern
Early March 1941, Kiel: close-up 3-quarter views of the fore and aft halves of the ship
Following those images are a series of engineering and technical drawings that show all manner of characteristics such as:
Hull plates and curvature per bulkhead
Auxiliary boats and launches and dinghies
Deck plans with compartments (keyed with hundreds of components)
Fire control posts
Floatplane stowage trolleys
Shipyard construction plate
Spare gun barrel canisters
Turrets and gun mounts
Remember, those are just a sample of over 1,000 3D color renderings and technical images.
Each image has captions and many are keyed with individual components. This is an incredible gallery of artwork.
ConclusionThe Battleship Bismarck
is an exceptional presentation of one of the iconic warships of the Twentieth Century. Bismarck
led a short but legendary life and her physical attributes are exceptionally recreated with obvious passion by the author/artist. This book boats an incredible gallery of high quality artwork, over 1,000 amazing images!
I have nothing meaningful to criticize.
This book should be a valuable addition to the library of modelers of Bismarck
, Kriegsmarine, battleships, and WWII naval actions. Highly recommended.
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