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A Welcome Companion to Burt's Volume on WW2 Battleships,
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This book is a welcome companion to Burt's recently published and revised volume on Battleships of World War 2. It follows much the same format and provides detailed descriptions of each class of ship. The book begins with Dreadnought and continues chronologically through each class to Courageous, Glorious, and Furious. There are short histories of each ship in the class, and the occasional excursus into significant losses, such as Audacious and Vanguard; camouflage, with a few colour plates of the more interesting schemes; post-war gunnery trials; the differences between each ship in its class; and some of the to-ing and fro-ing that went on with the designs of each ship.
As you would expect, the book is filled with photographs of each ship, and the photographs include some of battle damage too. The line drawings are clear, but most cover two pages with the inevitable gap in the middle. Even so, this should not put anyone off buying the book. The photographs and line drawings will be particularly useful for modellers too.
Burt's book will make a welcome addition to the library of anyone interested in these magnificent ships, whether they are amateurs such as me, or readers with more specialised knowledge. In short, it is hard to fault this book, and now it is revised, it is once again affordable given the prices the previous edition commanded in the second-hand market.