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EOW 34 - Niemieckie Krazowniki Typu Admiral Hipper cz. 2 by John Asmussen
Bookseries
Encyklopedia Okrętów Wojennych
Encyclopedia of Warships
Book Title
Niemieckie Krazowniki typu Admiral Hipper cz. 2
EOW34 - Admiral Hipper – part 2
Author
Andrej Perepeczko
Publisher
AJ-Press, Poland
ISBN Number
83-7237-142-3
Published
2004
Retail Price
£13.50 GBP (WEM) / 17.25 Euro (AJ-Press)
Niemieckie Krazowniki Typu Admiral Hipper cz. 2 - Book Review
EOW34 - Admiral Hipper - part 2 is the second of three books of the Admiral Hipper Class cruisers of the Kriegsmarine. The book is wrapped in plastic and comes with three folded 2-sided sheets.

Book contents:

o Format is A4 size

o 64 pages + cover.

o 95 B/W pictures, with Polish/English captions

o 8 maps

o Three 2-sided sheets

Sheet I/II: 2-sided sheet 58,5 cm x 81,0 cm

o 1:400 artwork of Admiral Hipper and Prinz Eugen by Slawomir Zajączkowski and Miroslaw Skwiot

o 1:400 line drawings by W. Koszela of Seydlitz (as aircraft carrier) and Prinz Eugen

Sheet III/IV: 2-sided sheet 58,5 cm x 81,0 cm

o 1:200 line drawings of main super structure details of Admiral Hipper by W. Koszela

o 1:200 line drawings of aft super structure details of Admiral Hipper by W. Koszela and Miroslaw Skwiot

Sheet V/VI: 1:400 line-drawings by Miroslaw Skwiot, 2-sided sheet 58,5 cm x 81,0 cm

o 3D artwork of the main armament of the Admiral Hipper Class ships by Stefan Draminski and Miroslaw Skwiot

o 3D artwork of the secondary armament and AA guns of the Admiral Hipper Class ships by Stefan Draminski and Miroslaw Skwiot


The text in the book is quite comprehensive, but sadly entirely written in Polish. Still there are English captions to the photos and maps though. The book also deal with the never completed ships, Seydlitz and Lützow.

The book is richly illustrated with many photos and maps. The quality of the photos I will consider to be average/good. They are generally one level lower in quality than those seen in the Bismarck/Tirpitz books from same publisher. But working with these warships you must be prepared that the photo quality often vary a lot and it is not a critisism of the publisher. On the inside of the cover you will find 3D artwork made by Slawomir Janik showing the super structure of Prinz Eugen.

I especially enjoy the brilliant artwork by Stefan Draminski and Slawomir Janik. Those guys are extremely talented.

I very much like this book. There doesn't exist many books about these ships and this book series is very much welcomed by me as it fill out a big gap in the naval litterature.


Conclusion:

I highly recommend this book for ship modellers and others interested in the heavy cruisers of the Admiral Hipper Class. It is an excellent and very useful book.

John Asmussen

Niemieckie Krazowniki Typu Admiral Hipper cz. 2 - Scans from the Book
Above: Photos of Admiral Hipper and the story of Blücher. Above: Photos of Blücher. There are also detail photos of the ships in the book,
Above: This book focus a lot on telling the stories of the ships, still there have been room for many photos. Here it is Prinz Eugen. Above: The text here tells about the invasion of Norway, the map illustrate the Hipper/Glowworm incident and finally there is a photo of Admiral Hipper taken during the invasion of Norway.
Above: The artwork of Admiral Hipper and Prinz Eugen illustrating the camouflage schemes. Excellent. Above: 1:400 line drawings of Seydlitz (as aircraft carrier) and Prinz Eugen. Notice that the drawings in the center shows Prinz Eugen at the time the stern was broken off. Nice move from AJ-Press.
Above: 1:200 line drawings of main super structure details of Admiral Hipper. Great for modellers. Above: 1:200 line drawings of aft super structure details of Admiral Hipper. Very helpful.
Above: The great 3D artwork of the main armament for the Admiral Hipper Class heavy cruisers made by Stefan Draminski. Above: Here are the magnificient 3d-renderings by Stefan Draminski, showing the secondary armament and AA guns used on the Admiral Hipper Class ships.

Contact the publisher:
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80-432 GDANSK
POLAND

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