BOOK REVIEW – The German and the Austrian Navies: Vol. I and II
By Marc E. Nonnenkamp, CreateSpace: Charleston, SC, (2011).
Reviewed by Walter “Winn” Price
My immediate interest in these two volume stems from the presence in my manuscript of three Imperial German Navy ships: S.M.S. Olga, Adler, and Eber. Longer term I anticipated that Marc Nonnenkamp’s research would under girt future writing leading up to the Great War.
Indeed, The German and the Austrian Navies: Vol. I and II provide unmatched historical breadth covering 1,936 named ships from the German, West German, East German, Austrian … Holy Roman and Hanseatic League navies. Equally impressive is the comprehensive, if not exhaustive, coverage of ship classes as illustrated by the title of Chapter 14 “The Smallest Sailing Vessels of the Austro-Venetian Navy (less than 80 tons displacement).” Not only does the author include ships that sailed under one or another Germanic flags but he includes ships planned but never built. I had a vague knowledge of an Nazi aircraft carrier left unfinished in 1945, but Nonnenkamp points out that “9 planned German aircraft carriers already had proposed names – 7 of which were already launched.”