British Battleships 1914-18 (1): The Early Dreadnoughts

British Battleships 1914-18 (1)

by Angus Konstam, Paul Wright
     
 

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The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 changed the face of naval warfare. The first half-dozen dreadnoughts were improvements of the basic Dreadnought design, all carrying ten 12-inch guns. It was only in 1911, with the launch of HMS Neptune, that the layout of this powerful armament was altered as a result of practical experience. Two more versions of the

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The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 changed the face of naval warfare. The first half-dozen dreadnoughts were improvements of the basic Dreadnought design, all carrying ten 12-inch guns. It was only in 1911, with the launch of HMS Neptune, that the layout of this powerful armament was altered as a result of practical experience. Two more versions of the Neptune entered service later that same year, and together these nine improved dreadnoughts formed the core of the British Grand Fleet.

Soon, however, they were outclassed by a new breed of 'super dreadnoughts'. While these new ships carried heavier armament, they proved less successful as all-round battleships than their more lightly armed predecessors. One final 12-inch gun dreadnought entered service in 1914, when the Royal Navy commandeered and renamed a seven-turret battleship being built for the Ottomans - HMS Agincourt.

This book looks at the revolutionary design of these early dreadnoughts, the 12-inch guns that gave them their firepower, and their operational history throughout World War I.

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Editorial Reviews

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"In this book, Angus Konstam takes a look at what led up to the building program before the war as well as a description of each of the various classes of ship. Full specs on each class are provided as well as their wartime use and any modifications done. There is also a section on the weapons used and a most interesting one on gunnery of the time. This is superbly illustrated with a selection of period photos of these ships as well as the equally excellent art work or illustrator Paul Wright, who has ably illustrated several naval books. This includes a series of full color profiles. It is everything that makes the New Vanguard series one of my favorite from Osprey and a book I can easily recommend to you."
- Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (June 2013)

"Sections review "fighting potential", wartime modifications and WWI operations.  And illuminating illustrations, camouflage comments, extended captions, tables, bibliography, and index season this superb summary. Enthusiasts will find Osprey's compact compendium an excellent introduction to a spellbinding subject.  I thoroughly enjoyed it." - David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781780961699
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/20/2013
Series:
New Vanguard , #200
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
1,024,364
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and widely published author has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates, and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. The author lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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