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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (12 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780961707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780961705
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 0.5 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,533 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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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.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Passat on 12 Mar 2014
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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.
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Arrived promptly and as described 1 May 2014
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Arrived promptly and as described. Really enjoy this series of books. Most titles not available anywhere else. Including local library and bookstores.
A fine review of the battleships 25 Feb 2014
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a good review but very brief. For the size a lot of good information. Good pictures and plans. The comments are well writen.
One of the better books in the series. 27 Sep 2014
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For the size of the book, it has quite a bit of good information.
Five Stars 21 Dec 2014
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An excellent addition to the series.
excellent 30 Nov 2014
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Excellent product and vendor
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