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British Battleships 1939-45 (1): Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign Classes (New Vanguard) Paperback – 10 Apr 2009

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (10 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846033888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846033889
  • Product Dimensions: 18.3 x 0.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,758 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"In all, it makes for an excellent primer on the subject and fully meets this reviewer's expectations of books in this series. If you want to learn about the subject, I know you will find it to be equally useful. Buy with confidence." -Scott Van Aken, "www.modelingmadness.com "(April 2009)

In all, it makes for an excellent primer on the subject and fully meets this reviewer's expectations of books in this series. If you want to learn about the subject, I know you will find it to be equally useful. Buy with confidence. "Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com (April 2009)""

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This book offers a comprehensive review of two classes of battleship from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and invaluable wartime service including the critical battle of Matapan.

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A cracking little book on the Queen Elizabeth class and Royal Sovereign classes of battleship.

The Queen Elizabeth class included the world famous HMS Warspite, or as she was called The Grand Old Lady, the most decorated and damaged Battleship to ever float in service of the Royal Navy.

As with the other title in the series, there are potted histories and overviews of particular ships, cross sectional drawings, art work and genuine photographs of the ships covered.

Excellent for light reading and getting up the interest of new comers to the realms of Naval history.
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By Ned Middleton HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 15 July 2009
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Anyone looking for a book about British battleships might ordinarily expect to find a very thick and equally expensive work in which all such vessels are detailed. Alternatively, they might find the history of one particular ship. In this instance, however, the publishers have confined themselves to two classes of British Battleship - namely the Queen Elizabeth and Royal Sovereign classes.

With only 47 pages, I was impressed by the amount of detail. There are no shortages of either photographs - many of which do not appear to have been previously published, or artwork of the highest standard arranged alongside all the facts, figures, dimensions and detail that one would expect to find in any comprehensive account.

Of immense value to the serious historian as well as anyone else with an interest in the subject, this book will also provide all the data required for the serious modeller.

It says much for the work that my only criticisms are very minor. Being one of very few people outside of the Royal Navy to have visited the remains of HMS Royal Oak in Scapa Flow, I would like to have known who took that underwater picture of her director platform. Elsewhere, having learned HMS Repulse was laid down as a Royal Sovereign class battleship, her fate is recorded as converted to battle cruiser in 1914. Viewed in the context of what eventually happened to all the ships in that class, I know what they meant. Her conversion, however, was never her fate.

Nevertheless, do not let such inconsequential comments mar your enjoyment of an otherwise excellent product.

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Well written and put together short histories and info on the 2 classes of British battleship. Charting the background, exploits of each ship and subsequent fates I found this and the companion book excellent value and sufficiently informative to fill many gaps in my previous knowledge. Good illustrations and photos accompany the text so can be used for reference purposes too. Very good !
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I recently reviewed British Heavy Cruisers 1939-45 and on the strength of this purchased both parts of British Battleships 1939-45, I was not disappointed. Informative text, a goodly load of photos and great artwork. One or two niggling mistakes. Not being a nautical person I couldn't make out in part one how a shell which travels 19,000 yards covers 17 nautical miles whilst one which travels further at 26,000 yards only apparently covers 12.8 nautical miles? (Pages 18/19). I also think, as some other reviewers, that one star awarded by one reviewer to part two is very harsh because the author wrote 'Bismarck and Scharnhorst'. Even someone with the most basic knowledge knows it should have been 'Tirpitz'. Again I suspect lax proof reading which should have picked up these errors but having produced a Society newsletter for many years I know how some errors will just not register despite the number of times it is checked before printing. For the price I think all three books are worth-while having. When I return from holiday it will be British Battlecruisers and Aircraft Carriers on the order book next.
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As usual a very good book by Osprey. Great colour plates and detailed service records of all ten ships. As a basic but informative introduction to the history of these ships in WW2 this book is very, very good.
My only gripe (and it is minor) was that the profiles supplied for HMS Barham and HMS Malaya (pg 27)have been mixed up. In reality the top image represents the Barham in 1941 and the bottom Malaya in 1943 not the other way around. Aside from that the book has made a welcome and colourful addition to my collection. I am keenly awaiting the volumne on the KGV's, Nelson and Rodney.
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I was looking around for a good history book on the subject of battleships but wasnt particularly in the mood to devote days of my life to reading one of the many tomes that these books usually take the form of which is why this little thing caught my attention. It was cheap and it was obviously short so I thought this would be a good bet.

It was. To put it basically for a tenner this is one of the best books (and series of books) on the subject of world war 2 naval vessels you can buy.
The book concentrates on two classes of battleship, the Queen Elizebath class and the Royal Sovereign class. At 48 pages I was expecting it to be fairly light on detail but was pleasently suprised to find its actually quite the opposite. The author has packed as much detail into every page as he has been able to given the obvious space restrictions with details on various things from the design and construction of the two classes all the way to their service modifications with all sorts of interesting (and accurate) facts and specifications. He even finds space to write a summary of the service life of the vessels! The book also includes a brilliant assortment of high quality pictures and artwork with captions explaining what youre looking at which really help you get the most from the images.

At time of writing there is one review that is 1 star claiming a number of things wrong with the book but after reading the book I can tell you it is nonsense.

In short its an excellent book. At 48 pages its obviously not going to be the most full account of either of the classes that it talks about but despite this it is so packed full of details and facts that anyone who seriously wants to know anything about these two classes of warship cannt afford to pass these books by.
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