Start reading British Battleships 1914-18 (2): The Super Dreadnoughts on your Kindle in under a minute. Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here or start reading now with a free Kindle Reading App.

Deliver to your Kindle or other device


Try it free

Sample the beginning of this book for free

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

British Battleships 1914-18 (2): The Super Dreadnoughts (New Vanguard) [Kindle Edition]

Angus Konstam , Paul Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Print List Price: £9.99
Kindle Price: £5.49 includes VAT* & free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
You Save: £4.50 (45%)
* Unlike print books, digital books are subject to VAT.

Free Kindle Reading App Anybody can read Kindle books—even without a Kindle device—with the FREE Kindle app for smartphones, tablets and computers.

To get the free app, enter your e-mail address or mobile phone number.


Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition £5.49  
Paperback £9.98  
Kindle Daily Deal
Kindle Daily Deal: Up to 70% off
Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price--for that day only. Learn more about the Kindle Daily Deal or sign up for the Kindle Daily Deal Newsletter to receive free e-mail notifications about each day's deal.

Book Description

In 1906, the Germans began building their own dreadnought fleet armed with larger guns, word of which soon reached the British Admiralty. 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. 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.

Product Description

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 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. Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8247 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (12 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #315,570 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  •  Would you like to give feedback on images?

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

5 star
3 star
1 star
3.0 out of 5 stars
3.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As with all New Vanguard books this is a short introduction to an important type of ship. It covers five classes of the so-called "super-dreadnoughts" of the First World War, and includes HMS Erin and HMS Canada, originally built for the Turkish and Chilean navies respectively. The book starts with the Orion class and traces the design and development of the "super-dreadnoughts" through the King George V, Iron Duke, Queen Elizabeth, and Royal Sovereign classes.

Given the size of the book, the treatment of each class and the nature of their development of each is short, I will not say superficial, as there is only so much you can write in a small volume of 48 pages. However, there is enough to interest those who are looking for an introduction to this subject. The bibliography cites books that give more detailed information. After design and development are covered, the book describes wartime modifications of the ships, camouflage, the wartime fleet, and the war service of the ships.

If I were to be fussy, I would have preferred the author had omitted the latter subjects and had concentrated on the design and development aspects of the ships, and explained in detail the differences between the classes, particularly from the Orion class through to the Iron Dukes. and why they were incorporated. In addition, he might have spent a little more time discussing the difference between the Queen Elizabeths and the Royal Sovereigns.

There are a few errors in the book, mostly due to bad proofreading. The most obvious is on page 18 describing the Queens Elizabeths broadsides as "15,000 pounds compared to 14,000 ton broadsides of the Iron Dukes". OK, it is a slip, but it should have been caught by a proof-reader who had a little knowledge of these ships.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Super Dreadnoughts 12 Mar. 2014
By Passat
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Disappointing! Nothing new to add on the subject! The full-colour illustrations are also disappointing as they clearly show that whilst the artist does have a flair for the dramatic, his appreciation and understanding of perspective and proportions is sadly lacking - or maybe he just doesn't understand the subject.
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) 0.0 out of 5 stars  0 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived promptly and as described 1 May 2014
By Frank T. Wells - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Arrived promptly and as described. Really enjoy this series of books. Most titles not available anywhere else. Including local library and bookstores.
5.0 out of 5 stars fine naval history 11 May 2015
By Dustin L. Moffett - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
excellent source of british naval history. gives the ideas of admirals in the late 19th century and how the early 20th century proved their folly.
4.0 out of 5 stars A fine review of the battleships 25 Feb. 2014
By William A. Nestel - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
a good review but very brief. For the size a lot of good information. Good pictures and plans. The comments are well writen.
4.0 out of 5 stars British Battleships 21 April 2015
By deerhunter - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Nice book, breaks down each class of ship and provides info on modifications with dates and some pictures of the changes
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the better books in the series. 27 Sept. 2014
By Eric Husher - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
For the size of the book, it has quite a bit of good information.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions

Look for similar items by category