Dutch Warships of World War II
Henk van Willigenburg, "Dutch Warships of World War II"
ISBN: 9086160816 | 2010 | PDF | 144 pages | 84 MB
From a 21st century perspective the Second World War seems to be nothing more than a chapter in history, and that explains why facts and feats from this episode are steadily fading from our collective memory. This is certainly true for the subject of this book, Dutch warships from the years between 1940 and 1945, when the Royal Netherlands Navy got involved into the most dramatic series of events since the Napoleontic age. After the war, many authentic photographs have been published to keep memories alive, although of varying quality. This can be easily understood since taking pictures was not a sailor’s first priority when warships went into action. Therefore the author has attempted to publish a set of unique and consistent graphical profiles of Dutch naval units from this episode. Each vessel has been included with precisely drawn side and deck elevations, its livery and when available, one or more camouflage patterns. Apart from the warships designed for specific combat roles the book contains a representative selection from a large number of auxiliary vessels.
Many Dutch ships were commissioned into the Royal Navy or were taken up from trade by the British but kept their Dutch crews, and those have been included as well. All units or classes are portrayed with extensive technical specifications and many so far unpublished photos.