British Battleships 1939-45 (1): Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes

British Battleships 1939-45 (1): Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes

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British Battleships 1939-45 (1): Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes by Angus Konstam, Tony Bryan, Paul Wright

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 from a fleet of 12 battleships, ten were already over 20 years old, venerable veterans of World War I. Extensive modifications throughout the 1930s allowed these ships to perform a vital service throughout the six long years of conflict, and further improvements made during the course of the war enabled them to hold their own against their German and Italian counterparts. This title offers a comprehensive review of the development of these British battleships from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and wartime service. Detailed descriptions of the main armament of each ship will offer further analysis of individual battleships' effectiveness, discussing how the guns were manned when engaging the enemy. Describing HMS Warspite during the battle of Matapan in 1941, the author details how this British battleship, together with other Royal Navy and Australian vessels, defeated the might of the Italian navy so that they never again threatened Allied fleets within the Mediterranean. With specially commissioned artwork and a dramatic retelling of key battleship engagements, this book will highlight what it was like on board for the sailors who risked their lives on the high seas.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781846033889
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Series: New Vanguard
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 800,848
Product dimensions: 7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.20(d)

About the Author

Angus Konstam is one of Osprey's most prolific authors, with over 30 published titles. In addition he has written more than 25 books for other publishers.

His Osprey titles include British Battlecruisers 1939-45, British Motor Torpedo Boats 1939-45 (both New Vanguard Series), and a string of other nautical titles. His other works include Hunt the Bismark (Naval Institute Press, 2003), PT Boats (Ian Allen, 2005) and Warships (PRC, 2001). He has also written a 100 edition part-work series on Naval History for Osprey/Del Prado.

His latest book is Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate (Wiley, 2006). A former naval officer, maritime archeologist and maritime museum curator, Angus has a long and passionate love affair with the sea, maritime history and warships. For more details visit the author's website at www.anguskonstam.com

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

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"In all, it makes for an excellent primer on the subject and fully meets this reviewer's expectations of books in this series. If you want to learn about the subject, I know you will find it to be equally useful. Buy with confidence." -Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (April 2009)

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British Battleships, 1939-45: Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
mikemikegigi More than 1 year ago
This book shows 2 different classes of battleships that served in the Royal Navy,1939-1945 The designs of the Queen Elizabeth class started 2 years before W.W.I,some of these ships seeing action during the war,the same with the Royal Sovereign class of battleship.There are detailed drawings and pictures that show everything mounted on these massive floating gun platforms.