British Battleships 1939–45 (1)

Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes

British Battleships 1939–45 (1) cover

British Battleships 1939–45 (1)

Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes

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With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet ten of the 12 battleships were already over 20 years old, having served in World War I, and required extensive modifications to allow them to perform a vital service throughout the six long years of conflict. This title offers a comprehensive review of the development of these British battleships from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and wartime service, with detailed descriptions of the effectiveness of the main armament of individual ships. With specially commissioned artwork and a dramatic re-telling of key battleship conflicts, this book will highlight what it was like on board for the sailors who risked their lives on the high seas.

Table of Contents

· Introduction: Background to the subject, covering the changing role of battleships between 1918 and 1945 · Design and development: Covers the chronological development of these battleships, covering modifications made during their lives · Operational history: Follows the service history of each of the ten battleships covered in each volume, including a brief description of the actions they participated in · Armament: This section describes the main armament of the ships, demonstrates their effectiveness, and discusses the way in which the guns were operated · Battleships in action: A detailed and dramatic account of HMS Warspite at the Battle of Matapan (1941) · Bibliography

Product details

Published 10 Apr 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846033889
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 154
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam hails from Orkney, off the north of…

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Tony Bryan

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Paul Wright

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for mos…

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