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"This is the story of the greatest and most awe-inspiring class of ship ever built, from its origins in the 1850s to its demise on 6 April 1945, when the last and greatest of them all, the 70,000 ton Yamato, sank under a torrent of aerial bombardment." "In tracing the evolution of the battleship from earliest days to the pinnacle of its development, Peter Padfield reviews the pressure of politics which drove technology to its limits in the quest for larger ships with heavier armour and bigger guns. He describes the great naval arms race before ...
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"This is the story of the greatest and most awe-inspiring class of ship ever built, from its origins in the 1850s to its demise on 6 April 1945, when the last and greatest of them all, the 70,000 ton Yamato, sank under a torrent of aerial bombardment." "In tracing the evolution of the battleship from earliest days to the pinnacle of its development, Peter Padfield reviews the pressure of politics which drove technology to its limits in the quest for larger ships with heavier armour and bigger guns. He describes the great naval arms race before the Great War; the huge naval conflicts within that war; the desperate post-war attempts to control the naval arms race and the rise and destruction of the Japanese navy at the hands of America."--BOOK JACKET.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781841580807
  • Publisher: Birlinn, Limited
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Military History Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.07 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Introduction to the Revised Edition
1 The Sailing Navy 1
2 French Challenge 11
3 Riposte 19
4 Battle Proof 25
5 The Iron Thickens 37
6 Turrets 44
7 Torpedoes 55
8 Naval Supremacy in the 1870s 60
9 Tactics and Design: the 1870s 68
10 Ships of the 1870s 77
11 Actions, Accidents and Other Alarms 92
12 The Development of the Battleship 103
13 Usage and Abusage: 1880s and 1890s 122
14 The Age of Battleships 144
15 Gunnery Renaissance, in Practice and Anger 162
16 Fire Control and the Dreadnought 183
17 War 212
18 Challenge from the New World 243
19 The End of the Battleship 267
Appendix 291
Glossary 300
References, Notes and Bibliography 302
Index 317
Index of Ships' Names 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2002

    This is a Reprint

    This is essentialy a reprint of a 1972 book 'The Battleship Era' my David McKay, New York and Rupert Hart-Davis, Ltd, London and is not an original publication as implied by the listing, although it is stated to be updated. The content of 266 pages out of the 325 total is almost exclusively pre- WW2. The last Chapter 19 of only 24 pages entitled 'The End of the Basttleship' is the extent of modern battleship discusion. An appendix showing very general layout of armor on representative battleships, plus a glossary supplemented by chapter notes and bibliography round out the publication. Although written by a fairly respected author, the content is very general and should rated accordingly. Owners of the earlier version should have no compelling reason to upgrade to this one.

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