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The World of the Battleship

Bruce Taylor

The Design and Careers of Capital Ships of the World’s Navies 1900-1950
This new volume is intended to present a genuinely global vision of the development of world’s battleships. In a collection of chapters by experts from around the world, the design, building and career of a significant battleship from each of the world’s navies is explored in such a way as to illuminate not just the ships but also the communities of officers and men that served in them and, more broadly, the societies and nations that built them.

Each chapter explains the origins of a particular ship, her importance as a national symbol and her place in the fleet. The genesis of her design along with particulars of her protection, armament and propulsion are covered and the construction process and launching described. The ship’s complement and organisation are detailed, and daily routine and watch-keeping explained, and how this varied between peace and war. Life onboard – eating and sleeping for officers and ratings, discipline, pay, morale, pets and mascots – are covered as well as a full account of the ship’s career, so that the distinctive character of each vessel and navy emerges. This is a highly original and significant book on the great capital ships of the world.

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The Design and Careers of Capital Ships of the World’s Navies 1900-1950 This new volume is intended to present a genuinely global vision of the development of world’s battleships. In a collection of chapters by experts from around the world, the design, building and career of a significant battleship from each of the world’s navies is explored in such a way as to illuminate not just the ships but also the communities of officers and men that served in them and, more broadly, the societies and nations that built them. While ships from the Royal Navy, the US Navy, the Kriegsmarine, the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Marine Nationale and the Regia Navale are given significant coverage, so are those from the smaller navies, for example, Austria-Hungary, Russia and Turkey. Each chapter explains the origins of a particular ship, her importance as a national symbol and her place in the fleet. The genesis of her design along with particulars of her protection, armament and propulsion are covered and the construction process and launching described. The ship’s complement and organisation are detailed, and daily routine and watch-keeping explained, and how this varied between peace and war. Life onboard – eating and sleeping for officers and ratings, discipline, pay, morale, pets and mascots – are covered as well as a full account of the ship’s career, so that the distinctive character of each vessel and navy emerges. This is a highly original and significant book on the great capital ships of the world.

ISBN: 9781848321786
Format: Hardback
Author(s): Bruce Taylor
First Publishment Date: 29 October 2018

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  1. This book is highly recommended for any naval enthusiasts’ bookshelf and I feel that I will be delving into its pages long into the future to find another superb nugget of information about this amazing period of naval history. review by Warship World - PB on 07/03/2019

    My postman has been complaining recently. In between wheezes and groaning he complains about the weight of the parcels and packages that he drops through my letterbox. I smile nicely, thank him politely and eagerly rip open the brown packaging and delve inside. My postman is right to a degree, this is a heavy book in terms of weight that is, but in style and design it is truly excellent.

    The editor has assembled some of the best names in naval research to write profiles of some of the best known as well as least well-known capital ships from the pre-dreadnought era to the end of the battleship era. Bruce Taylor’s only stipulation on the qualifying entry is that it each ship has a gun calibre of eight inches or above. Obviously, this will include some warships that would not automatically include battleships and battlecruisers, but we can overlook this due to the quality of the work and the histories of the ships themselves. The level of research is out-standing and the readability of the text is superb. Such care and attention in the selection of photographs and illustrations also shows on every single page of this book. Twenty-one ships have been selected to be profiled ranging from the Chinese Chen Yuen of 1882 and Norway’s Eidsvoid of 1900 to such leviathans as HMS Hood, the Japanese Nagato, Italy and Germany’s ill-fated Scharnhorst and Littorio as well as one of the few surviving examples of the battleship the US Navy’s magnificent USS Missouri.

    With nearly 450 pages this book is highly recommended for any naval enthusiasts’ bookshelf and I feel that I will be delving into its pages long into the future to find another superb nugget of information about this amazing period of naval history.

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