I was not thinking about Jutland or the Great War at Sea when I popped into town this afternoon on a couple of errands. We have a small indoor market that boasts a remaindered magazine and book stall and I always make a point of paying it a visit when I go into town (which is not that often if truth be told). It was there that I came across the above book at a ridiculously low price and all thoughts of financial discretion and project focus went straight out of the window and I promptly purchased it!
British and German Battlecruisers - Their Development and Operations by Michele Cosentino & Ruggero Stanglini is published by Seaforth and is ISBN 978 1 84832 184 7.
The book has 272 pages features the following contents:
Chapter 1 - Collision Courses: British and German Policy From 1870 to the First World War
Chapter 2 - Birth of the Battlecruisers: Strategic, Economic and the Technical Challenges
Chapter 3 - The Battlecruisers of the Royal Navy
Chapter 4 - The Battlecruisers of the Kaiserliche Marine
Chapter 5 - Operational Use
Colour Plate Section
Chapter 6 - British and German Battlecruisers: A Technical and Operation Comparison
Appendix - Battlecruisers of Other Nations
There are pictures, maps and technical details galore, all of which are grist to the naval wargaming mill. I can honestly say that this is one of the best books I have seen on the subject and I am absolutely delighted to have grabbed a copy - especially for less than half the price quoted by Amazon.
That very nice man at Tumbling Dice is planning to complete the fleets in his Age of Battleships range up to 1914 which means that in conjunction with Stonewall Miniatures there will be two UK based manufacturers of 1:2400th scale warships - which can only be a good thing in my opinion.
Destiny is prodding my conscience so I am thinking that sticking to the battlecruisers for WW1 would be a compact and historically viable set up and it would not be too difficult to raise.
Oh dear, here we go again....