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German Destroyers of World War
German Destroyers of World War II
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by: Todd Michalak [ TRM5150 ]

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The Warships of the Kriegsmarine is a series of books devoted to the types and class of German warships in the Second World War. There are six highly detailed reference books from these authors; German Destroyers, German Light Cruisers, Battleships of the Bismarck Class, Pocket Battleships of Duetschland, Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper Class and Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class. Each of these books in themselves are packed front to back with a tremendous amount of technical data, plans and photographs.

German Destroyers of World War II

Series: Warships of the Kriegsmarine
By Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke
This edition first published in Great Britain in 2014 by Seaforth Publishing
Copyright © Bernard & Graefe Verlag, Bonn, 1995
English Language Edition © Lionel Lenenthal Ltd, 2003
ISBN 978 1 84832 193 9
MSRP - £16.99 UK / $27.60 US
Soft Cover – 224 pages

The German Destroyers of World War II book, as part of the Warships of the Kriegsmarine Series, is a comprehensive technical resource on the German Destroyers.


• Preface
• Introduction
• Technical Data
• Differences, Modifications, Conversions
• Armament
• Machinery
• Flotillas, Flotilla Commanders and the Führer der Zerstörer
• The Second War
• Individual Ships’ Careers
• Photo Gallery: The Zerstörer
• Photo Gallery: Requisitioned Destroyers
• Photo Gallery: Zerstörer Life
• Camouflage Schemes
• Conclusions
• Index of Ships

The first seven chapters of this book are jam-packed with an immense amount of technical data all supported by charts, plans and photographs. Every aspect of the Zerstörer’s are covered in these sections. From weights of individual pieces of equipment, form values, armament including individual specifications on the weapons themselves, ships machining such as boilers and the engine rooms and more as well as the Flotillas and commanders the ships sailed under. Along with the complete technical aspects of the ships, the chapter titled Individual Ships’ Careers covers the timeline careers of each of the forty or so destroyers build from 1934 to 1944 including acquired destroyers along the way.

Along with the several maps, plans and diagrams included in this publication, the book offers around two hundred highly detailed photographs of the various destroyers including which surmount to one giant walk around of the destroyer showing may of the fine details historians and modelers alike, are looking for.


I will have to say that German Destroyer of World War II is the go to technical reference guide on German destroyers. The amount of information covered in this book on the subject is just shy of incredible. For a historian or the fan of this class of ship from German in the Second World War, this book has it all; Data, individual ship history and an amazing collection of photographic references. The section on camouflage at the back-end of this book is invaluable to the modeler as it gives five pages of profiles to most of the camouflage schemes used on these ship. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject matter.


We would like to thank Pen & Sword Books Ltd for this copy for review.

Pen & Sword
Highs: A comprehensive and technical reference guide on German destroyers.
Lows: None
Verdict: A must have for the WWII German warship enthusiast!
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  Mfg. ID: ISBN 978 1 84832 193 9
  Suggested Retail: £16.99 UK / $27.60 US
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  PUBLISHED: May 28, 2015

About Todd Michalak (TRM5150)

I am building what I like, when I like and how I like it; having fun doing it. I have been building and finishing models on and off my whole life but the past ten years things really exploded. Just about anything goes when it comes to hitting the bench, but wrecked armor, rusted hulks, ships or ...

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Todd thanks for the info, this book looks like one I'll have to get the camo, mods and photo sections looks the most interesting for me.
MAY 29, 2015 - 02:39 PM
This is a really great book from a modelling standpoint Luciano...for the detail pictures alone...better because the authors had intimate knowledge of the ship too!
MAY 30, 2015 - 01:09 AM
Great review, its a very interesting book, especially while some good kits are around and the KM destroyers were indeed beautful warships.
MAY 30, 2015 - 07:21 PM
Thanks Bernd! These ships do have some nice lines to them! I think I might have to add a few more to the stash now!
MAY 30, 2015 - 07:54 PM
You won t regret it, Todd. Got Trumpys Z-30 1942 in my stash and it looks amazing. There are good kits from Dragon and Zvezda in 1/350 out, its a good size, not too small and it don t kill too much space.
JUN 02, 2015 - 12:48 AM
Thanks Bernd! I will have a look around and start making lists of what to grab first I think! LOL!! The buying of the kits are inevitable...might as well plan it out!
JUN 02, 2015 - 01:16 AM
So before i wish you happy modelling, i wish you good fishings, Todd The Narvik destroyer on the bottom of the cover has a very nice camo scheme, not easy to make but it will looking great This morning, i surfed a bit on the Hobby Easy shop, there is plenty of stuff available, not only in 1/350. Cheers Bernd
JUN 03, 2015 - 12:16 AM
Got this book ordered now, with all the currently released injection 1/350 German destroyers in the stash I'll have all I need with my current ref in proved with this book.
JUN 03, 2015 - 01:37 AM
Thanks Bernd! Will keep that one in mind! That is a great looking scheme! Looking forward to following along on the builds Luciano! Maybe I will have something in the stash soon myself! Worst cae, there is the IPMS Nationals at the end of next month! Sure i can find something at the show!
JUN 03, 2015 - 04:52 AM

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