Pen & Sword Books ~ German Light Cruisers 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, 1983, 1994,

English Language Edition © Lionel Lenenthal Ltd, 2002

ISBN 978 1 84832 194 6

MSRP – £16.99 UK / $27.60 US

Soft Cover – 223 pages


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 Deutschland, Heavy Cruisers of the Admiral Hipper Class and Battleships of the Scharnhorst Class. Each of these books in is packed front to back with a tremendous amount of technical data, plans and photographs.


German Light Cruisers of World War II


As part of the Warships of the Kriegsmarine series of books from Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke, German Light Cruisers of World War II covers an in depth look at the six light cruisers of the German Navy during the Second World War. Klaus-Peter Schmolke, who served on the Leipzig from 1943 until the end of the war, provided a tremendous amount of information surrounding these vessels.




  • Forward
  • Introduction
  • Data
  • Armour
  • Armament
  • Fire Control System
  • Machinery
  • Refits
  • The Spähkreuzer Programme
  • Scale Drawings
  • Emden
  • Königberg
  • Karlsruhe
  • Köln
  • Leipzig
  • Nürnberg
  • Conclusions
  • Index of Ships

As seen in the other books of the series, the front section of German Light Cruisers of World War II is dedicated to technical data surrounding the light cruisers of the Kriegsmarine. There are numerous diagrams and scale drawing supporting the technical data including the 15cm C/25 SK/L60 triple turrets, supporting armor and even scale drawings with camouflage schemes.


Each of the six ships is outlined superbly throughout this book in a pictorial format. Each of the photographs is supported with highly detailed text. Many of the photographs presented in this book are rare; combined with the archival photos, this book is packed with amazing reference shots of these impressive ships.




German Light Cruisers of World War II by Gerhard Koop and Klaus-Peter Schmolke is a fascinating and comprehensive look into the German Light Cruisers of the Kriegsmarine during WWII. The authors have provided a highly detailed pictorial walk around of these six ships. I would highly recommend this book to any individual interested in German Naval history as well as to any modeler of the ships, especially fans of the Kriegsmarine.


I would like to thank Pen & Sword Books for providing this review sample

Pen & Sword


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