This is a very rare SECRET (i.e., classified) recognition booklet for Axis ships (e.g., Tirpitz, Prinz Eugen, Scharnhorst etc), as used in allied navy ships! This WWII-era Recognition Manual, Naval Vessels, FM 30-50 was standard issue to US military personnel who could be confronted with naval vessels and require identification skills to perform their responsibilities.
The manual provides identification standards and references to the observer so that they can distinguish between friend and foe and understand the threat potential of an identified enemy vessel. It contains silhouettes, photographs, and details of all of the major ships of the time.
Originally created in 1943 for members of the merchant marine and anti-submarine elements such as the Civil Air Patrol, this Axis Ship Manual shows the principal types of Axis ships and boats employed during WWII. In addition to German, Japanese and Italian naval ships/boats, it also includes silhouettes and descriptions of the US and UK boats. The book includes illustrations and detailed text concerning the operation of each ship, their attack strategies, and information about convoy procedures. Very heavy book!
Fantastic manual for your WW2 Navy/Kriegsmarine collection!
Note; stripes on the photo are not present on the actual booklet! It is due to the sunblockers.
- Kriegsmarine - Tirpitz - Prinz Eugen - Scharnhorst - SECRET/CLASSIFIED!
- Country of Origin
- United States
- Army Unit
- Axis Ship Recognition Manual - US Navy
- Year of Manufacture
- Original/ Replica
- Good condition
- Comes with certificate of authenticity