British Battleships 1914-18 (2): The Super Dreadnoughts

British Battleships 1914-18 (2): The Super Dreadnoughts

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British Battleships 1914-18 (2): The Super Dreadnoughts by Angus Konstam, Paul Wright

The Royal Navy's Grand Fleet dominance at Jutland in World War I centered around big-gun battleships designed to overpower Germany's High Seas Fleet.

In 1906, the Germans began building a dreadnought fleet of their own, and while they used a smaller main gun than the British, word soon reached the British Admiralty that German designers were planning to build a new class of dreadnoughts, armed with larger guns. This raised the spectre that the British dreadnought fleet would be outgunned, and prompted the Admiralty to order the building of their own "super dreadnoughts". The first of these new dreadnoughts were laid down in 1909, and entered service three years later. The British public supported this programme, and the slogan "we want eight and cannot wait" became popular, a reference to the building of eight of these super dreadnoughts. These first eight were augmented by the Erin and the Canada, both of which were being built for foreign navies until commandeered by the Admiralty. Four more super dreadnoughts entered service in 1914. By then the Admiralty had developed a new programme of "fast battleships", armed with 15-inch guns. These powerful warships entered service in time to play a part in the battle of Jutland in 1916. World War I broke out before the Royal Navy had fully evaluated these new warships, and so lessons had to be learned through experience - often the hard way. Although none of these super dreadnoughts were lost in battle, their performance at the battle of Jutland led to a re-evaluation of the way they were operated. Still, for four years they denied control of the sea to the enemy, and so played a major part in the final collapse of Imperial Germany. This New Vanguard title, the second of two covering the British battleships of World War I will continue the story begun in the first volume by taking a detailed look at the later battleships in the fleet - the "super dreadnoughts".

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780961705
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 12/24/2013
Series: New Vanguard
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,228,616
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.20(d)

About 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 andwidely published authorhas written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates, and Blackbeard: America's MostNotorious 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 worksas a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. The author lives in Edinburgh, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Design and Development 6

Orion Class

King George V Class

Iron Duke Class

Queen Elizabeth Class

Royal Sovereign Class

HMS Erin

HMS Canada

Specifications 28

Wartime Modifications 31

Orion Class

King George V Class

Iron Duke Class

Queen Elizabeth Class

Royal Sovereign Class

HMS Erin

HMS Canada

Camouflage 37

The Wartime Fleet 40

Wartime Service 42

Orion Class

King George V Class

Iron Duke Class

Queen Elizabeth Class

Royal Sovereign Class

Other Super Dreadnoughts

Bibliography 47

Index 48

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