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A brilliant book, highly recommended,
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This review is from: British Battleships 1919-1945 (Hardcover)
I'm very glad to see this reprinted, formerly it would have been like gold dust if you could find an original 1993 copy at this price. One of the definitive works on the subject, second only to the now-priceless Raven and Roberts magnum opus, British Battleships of World War II.
Ostensibly covering the time period 1919-39, there is also some very nice summary material on the development of British dreadnoughts from the turn of the 20th Century, with small scale line drawings and summaries of the development of the battleship through to the end of the First World War.
The main subject matter covers the Queen Elizabeth, Royal Sovereign, Nelson and King George V classes, although there are numerous references to most British dreadnought, battleship and battlecruiser classes from 1900-1945. As well as many excellent photographs, there are some very nice line drawings showing evolution of various ships in each class throughout their development. The text is very accessible, and written in a lucid and almost jovial style which communicates the author's great enthusiasm for the subject.
Burt presents the histories, construction and armour characteristics of the various classes, and provides detailed damage reports of each ship's wartime career which I found to be one of the most interesting aspects of the book.
A marvellous book written by the enthusiast for the enthusiast. I'd grab one while you can!