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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Maritime; Reprint edition (21 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848845200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848845206
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 288,943 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Stevens on 14 April 2009
Format: Hardcover
A very good book with the right for me mix of history and stories of the crew. I have never read a book dedicated to the Renown only come across her in other stories of world war two, she was always overshadowed by the Hood and what happened to her sister Repulse. I wanted to read a book about the Renown when I came across a story I did not no of, when the Renown met the two light german battleships Sharnhorst and Gneisenau and the german ships turned and ran from the old first world war veteran. I enjoyed the book even though I knew it still saddened me when she went for scrap after the war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clipper 314 on 5 Mar. 2012
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This is a serious book and should be approached as such. It describes the ship's history interwoven with the events that included Renown in chronological order, and is interspersed with many short memories of those who sailed in her. There is a black & white photo section of 16 pages which show various aspects of her life, plus 6 pages of line diagrams of Renown's profiles over the years covering major refits. Additionally there is a brief history of previous and later Renowns and other lists and facts of interest, including the development of the battlecruiser as a concept. As said this is a book written for the serious reader and fulfils the job admirably. As a personal comment I found it slightly heavy going as there was not enough variation in style or content throughout the 236 pages. However it was lightened by the account of the ship's dog apparently enjoying being blown from one side of the ship to the other by the firing of the 15" guns, and the account from a crew member who carried the responsibility to flood compartments to correct any list caused by damage, (thereby drowning his shipmates), makes sombre and uncomfortable reading of the reality of Navy life. Well done for bringing the Renown into print, and as one who watched Vanguard towed across the Solent to be scrapped I could understand the sadness at the demise of Renown.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MR ASHLEY S HOLMES on 9 Nov. 2013
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A great story of the Last Battle Cruiser. More photographs required and maybe some detailed layout drawings to show the size and armament of the ship. But the story is great. Why oh why did did we not keep some of these magnificent ships as museum pieces after the war? - they sold them for scrap for peanuts and the greatest maritime nation in history has very little to show of it's past glories. Nothing from Jutland or WW2 of any size. Thank god for the Belfast but she's not a Battleship or a Battle Cruiser! Meanwhile, the Americans, with a little more forethought (and ok the dollars to make it possible) has a whole fleet of Battleships that have become museum pieces.
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A cracking read about the last Battle Cruiser built when Battle Cruisers were seen as a fatally flawed white elephant suitably modernised between the wars the Renown was transformed into the fastest Capital Ship in the Royal Navy. What a fascinating career this extremely lucky ship had, Renown was a happy ship too and the crew members hated having to leave her to serve in any other. Renown's war record was a story of almost continuous involvement in supporting Naval forces in the Atlantic the Arctic the Mediterranean and the Pacific everywhere the Royal Navy went the Renown was there too. Enjoy.............
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A very interesting account of the ship and life onboard over the years. I would have preferred a bit more operational and technical information, but the story is well written and very captivating.
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