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Jane's Fighting Ships of World War I [Hardcover]

John Moore
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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Studio Edns.; Facsimile e. edition (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851703780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851703784
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 25.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Jane's Annuals were renowned for revealing the losses incurred on both sides in the two World Wars, as well as the battles that were won. This large-format volume is a definitive reference for anyone with an interest in the ships of World War I.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"Jane's" is probably the world's leading byword when it comes to information about ships especially, though not exclusively, ships of the world's navies. In this special edition of those warships which existed during WW1 we are treated to the full specifications of each vessel complete with the same information with regards to it's machinery and armament.
Each section (Navy) commences with waterline silhouette profiles of the entire fleet followed by individual classes of ships from biggest to smallest. For the vast majority of entries we have a detailed profile and deck view of each class of ship with all parts numbered and named. Additionally, in most cases the publishers have been able to include at least one photograph (often more than one) of each type of ship. However, the publishers do point out that some of these pictures are of an inferior quality but are included in the interests of completeness because no other pictures are available.
Various engineering and gunnery notes are also found in addition to more general information explaining the specific differences between various ships of the same class.
Altogether, typical 5 star material from an established publisher of high quality material.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Useful but incomplete guide to WWI ships 25 Oct 2004
Readers seeking a guide to the ships that fought in the First World War will be disappointed with this book. What the publisher has done is to reprint the 1919 edition of 'Jane's Fighting Ships' with extracts from the 1914 edition, with only minor additional notes from the editor of the book. Yet the reproductions are poor (would it really have required that much effort to provide better photos?) and the updates are incomplete, particularly with regard to ships that were completed during the war. The result is a book filled with technical specifications but only passing mention of the fates of many of these ships. While it contains much interesting information (such as charts of ports and the ranks and insignias of the major navies), readers seeking a more comprehensive guide to the vessels of the era would be better off locating a copy of Conway's All The World's Fighting Ships 1906-1921 (Conway's Naval History After 1850).
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As with the WW2 Edition; Great overall reference on the world's naval inventory in WW1. Jane's epitomizes encyclopedic work on the titled subject.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars World War I ship research resource 21 April 2009
By M. Fleming - Published on
Jane's books are always good books to have as a reference resource for warships of major nations during the World Wars. This particular book works well when used alongside Conway's and Hocking.

M. Fleming
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane's WWI Ships Worthy of Purchase 12 Feb 2009
By Scott Belfry - Published on
I purchased a used Jane's World War I Fighting Ships and have never regretted the purchase. The pictures and skematics are great and the information provided are top-notch. It was a true bargin at $22.00
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