Historian Marc E. Nonnenkamp presents a sweeping history of every named vessel to have served in the German-speaking navies. His German-English bilingual book, “The German and the Austrian Navies” (ISBN 1456573020) is a monumental history spanning 1,200 years. Fleets discussed include famous 20th century forces such as the High Seas Fleet of Imperial Germany, the Reichsmarine of theWeimarRepublic, the Kriegsmarine of World War II, the Volksmarine of East Germany and the Bundesmarine of West Germany. The vessels of a post-1989 reunited Germany are discussed, as are fleets ranging from the medieval Hanseatic League Navy of Hamburg, the Austro-Venetian Navy, the Imperial Austrian Navy, the Imperial and Royal Austro-Hungarian Navy to the Royal Prussian Navy of the 18th and 19th centuries.
The book is far more than a mere listing of boats; from the Holy Roman Empireof the German Nation to the Germanic Confederation to the modern era of the European Union, the vessels and their histories are placed in the context of European history. This book will interest anyone concerned with naval history as well as others who seek to understand how geopolitics and marine technology transformed Europe and the world.
Nonnenkamp’s book is the professional product of an avid history enthusiast as well as a personal labor of love. His paternal grandfather served in the interwar Reichsmarine of theWeimarRepublicfrom 1924 to 1936. He was deployed aboard the battleship S.M.S. Braunschweig, the sailing shipBremenand the pocket battleship Deutschland. His service took him to the Baltic Seas, the North Atlantic and South America.
For much of his life, Nonnenkamp has collected works on German-speaking naval history but he was never able to find a work that united the various historical epochs, leading him to devote his time to creating this incredibly comprehensive work. In this all-inclusive volume, modern air-defense frigates, 20th century submarines, 19th century ships-of-the-line, 18th century Danube frigates and 17th century sailing ships alike are described at length. Captain George J. Albert, Jr. of the California Center for Military History says this book fills an existing gap in the history of the world’s navies and that the author’s illustrations are exceptional.
“The German and the Austrian Navies” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Marc Evan Nonnenkamp was born inNew York Cityand grew up inNorthern California. He graduated from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in German language and literature and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary in Virginia. He is a survivor of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Since 2002, he has lived in Santa Fe, where he performs tax accounting for oil, natural gas and coal companies.
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