- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Seaforth Publishing; 2nd edition (30 April 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1848321309
- ISBN-13: 978-1848321304
- Product Dimensions: 24.5 x 28.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
British Battleships 1919-1945 Hardcover – 30 Apr 2013
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Burt's work brings together a powerful combination of extensive photography, detailed large scale drawing, diagrams illustrating differences within classes, changes over time, and camouflage schemes. The most remarkable accomplishment of Burt's volumes is their success in bringing together policy, technology, evolution to face new challenges physical changes, and operational history accompanied by extraordinary and extensive imagery, they simultaneously meet many of the needs of historians of technology, researchers in naval history, and model makers without compromising the quality of work. The publishers are congratulated on bringing these important works back into print - they fill a major need. Nautical Research Journal
About the Author
RAY BURT has researched the design, construction and service histories of British battleships for many years, and has also assembled one of the most outstanding collections that exists of photographs of the ships. He is also an accomplished draughtsman and illustrator, and many of his superb drawings appear in this book.
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The new edition is in a somewhat larger format: It does not appear to be very much bigger, but in combination with 18 extra pages it actually makes a remarkable difference. There are some 70 or so additional photographs, many showing 'on deck' scenes and some replacing previous ones with similar but better shots. The overhead view of Warspite (surely the greatest of all British 20th century battleships) on page 98 in my opinion takes the prize amongst the new pictures. Moreover, it is remarkable how great the impact can be of simply increasing the size of an existing picture and slightly improving the reproduction. Take, for example, the shot of Hood at sea, pages 306- 7 in the old book, and presented as a full double page 'spread' on pages 314- 15 in the new one. The latter is quite spectacular- perhaps the finest in the book- yet I hardly noticed it in the old edition.
The text does not seem to have been much changed, and of course like others I cannot understand the continuing absence of Vanguard, our last battleship, but the format is more modern and attractive. The excellent drawings are all much the same as before, but sometimes appear in rather different locations.
All considered I'm very pleased I bought this new edition- it provides a fascinating comparison with the old one and transforms what was always a very fine book into a quite outstanding one- and at £29 from Amazon it is almost ridiculously good value.
In my opinion, this is one of the two masterpieces on this subject, the other being Alan Raven and John Roberts' (R&R) British Battleships of World War 2: The Development and Technical History of the Royal Navy's Battleships and Battlecruisers from 1911 to 1946. Other works pale in comparison. The two books have many things in common, in particular their focus on the design of the ships and their changes over time. Thus, it does not surprise that the contents of the two books overlap quite a bit, and both contain a lot of excellent information, photos and line drawings. Nevertheless, I still believe any BB/BC enthusiast like me could not be wrong getting both Burt's book and R&R's book.
Both books cover Renown, Repulse and Hood in addition to the Queen Elizabeths, Royal Sovereigns, Rodney, Nelson, and King George Vs.Read more ›
For me the most interesting things in the book is the detailed operational histories. The Level of analysis of the battle damage of various mines or torpedo hits is unbelievable. Sometimes you wonder if these ships were hit in engagement that you read about but "normal" history books do not tell you. Here you are informed of any hit, independent of how small it might be. I have for some unknown reason missed the fact that submersibles have been down to HMS Hood and to HMS Prince of Wales and tried to evaluate the damage done to them. I would have loved to see pictures of those expeditions.
For some reason there is a chapter on early aircraft carriers. It is logical that if they were built on battleship hulls to include them in the book but Mr Burt have included all of them even if they are not related to battleships. Not that I complain but it seams odd considering that he has omitted the worlds last battleship HMS Vanguard. Not to have Vanguard in such a book is as if you were writing about The Beatles but fail to mention their last record "Let It Be".
But apart from that minor detail this is a book you will be proud to have in your library and one you will return to again and again. I will definitely buy his "British Battleships of World War One" as soon as it is published.
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Fantastic book,brilliant illustrations and pictures.A must for any naval enthusiast.Published 2 months ago by johno
I originally bought this book to help with building a Tamiya 1:350 scale model of the King George V, the book is in excellent condition and arrived the day after I placed the order... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Matthew Harris
In reviewing a major book like this that is designed to be a definitive history, the crucial question is: could a future author reasonably attempt to do the same job again? Read morePublished 7 months ago by birchden
A truly superb volume which must be on of the best available on this subject. I can only give it a 4 however as I feel Vanguard should have been included notwithstanding she never... Read morePublished 9 months ago by M. Watkins