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Another book you will want to own.,
This review is from: British Battleships of World War One (Hardcover)
This revised version of a classic work contains many new photographs in addition to some excellent colour illustrations and line drawings - all of which combine to enhance an excellent product. What I had not previously realised in my earlier reviews of other equally splendid works by R. A. Burt was that, as an accomplished draughtsman and illustrator, this professional artwork is his own!
As one who is continually involved in professional research into historic ships of all types, my first impression was of the considerable fine detail which is included. Easily one of `the' most comprehensive works on the subject of the British battleship from the First World War, I was particularly impressed with, for example, the significant differences between the 12in gun turrets fitted to different vessels. By providing line drawings and explanations of those different turrets (and other aspects), those with a far greater knowledge of these ships than my own will be able to appreciate the entire product.
I would also suggest these minute variations and differences will also be of great assistance to those who make scale models.
With over 350 pages of fully researched material, the author sets the scene in a well-written and well-illustrated eleven page introduction in which he provides the reader with an appraisal rarely seen in other works. In addition, when one considers this is a technical tome in which all the relevant battleships and their various designs and variations are all fully explained, it says much for this author that the work is immensely readable. In no time at all, I found myself cross-referencing from page to page as I worked my way through the book - and enjoying it immensely.
The main chapters cover the following Classes of ship with all the information one would hope to find; Dreadnought, Invincible, Bellerophon, St. Vincent, Indefatigable, Neptune, Colossus, Orion, Lion, Queen Mary, King George V, Iron Duke, Tiger, Erin, Canada, Agincourt, Queen Elizabeth, Royal Sovereign, Renown & Repulse, Courageous, Glorious & Furious and finally we are treated to a Conclusion in which the author provides a fascinating view of these ships during the war years and an equally interesting comparison between the two major battle fleets of the time.
Both the quantity and quality of the historic photographs are of the highest standard and that aspect alone reflects the considerable thought and preparation which went into the completion of this first-rate work.