British Battleships 1939–45 (2)

Nelson and King George V Classes

British Battleships 1939–45 (2) cover

British Battleships 1939–45 (2)

Nelson and King George V Classes

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With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet ten of the twelve battleships were already over twenty years old, having served in World War I, and required extensive modifications to allow them to perform a vital service throughout the six long years of conflict. This title offers a comprehensive review of the seven battleships of the Nelson and King George V classes from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and wartime service. Moreover, with specially commissioned artwork and a dramatic re-telling of key battles, such as the duel between the Bismark and HMS Rodney, this book will highlight what it was like on board for the sailors who risked their lives on the high seas.

Table of Contents

· Introduction . The changing role of battleships between 1918 & 1945. Also details the limitations imposed by the Washington Treaty · Design & development: The development of these battleships Operational history: Follows the service history of each of the ten battleships covered in each volume, including a brief description of the actions they participated in · Armament: The main armament of the ships, demonstrates their effectiveness, and discusses the way in which the guns were operated · Battleships in action: A detailed and dramatic account of HMS Rodney during its engagement with Bismark (1941) · Bibliography

Product details

Published 10 Sep 2009
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781846033896
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 7 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 160
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Angus Konstam

Angus Konstam is a Fellow of the Royal Historical…

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Tony Bryan

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Paul Wright

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for mos…

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