British Battleships 1889-1904

British Battleships 1889-1904

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By (author) R. A. Burt

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  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 254mm x 292mm x 28mm | 1,780g
  • Publication date: 19 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Barnsley
  • ISBN 10: 1848321732
  • ISBN 13: 9781848321731
  • Illustrations note: 200 b&w photographs and more than 200 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 138,756

Product description

This volume brings to completion the reissue of R A Burt's magnificent bestselling three-volume history of British battleships, and it covers the pre-dreadnought era which has, in recent years, acquired a new and fervent following. The Russian war scare of 1884 and the public's anxiety about the Royal Navy's ability to fight a modern war at sea resulted in the Naval Defence Act of 1889 and a vast programme of warship construction. Over the next twenty years a fleet of 52 battleships was built, construction finally interrupted by the revolutionary Dreadnought design. In this new volume, the author presents full details of design and construction, armament, protection, machinery and performance, all backed up with accurate data tables listing design figures, trials results, and full particulars at different stages in the ships' careers. The history of each battleship is chronicled and the reader is reminded of their major contribution in the First World War. They bore the brunt of the action at the Dardenelles, bombarded the Belgium coast, patrolled the North Sea and the Channel, reinforced the Italian Fleet, and served in East Africa, the East Indies and the White Sea. Most were extensively modified during the War and this variety has made them of special interest to the historian, enthusiast and ship modeller. With the addition of many new photographs from the author's massive collection, this new edition is simply a 'must-have' addition to every naval library.

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RAY BURT has researched the design, construction and service histories of British battleships for many years, and has also assembled one of the most outstanding collections that exists of photographs of the ships. He is also an accomplished draughtsman and illustrator, and many of his superb drawings appear in this book.

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By Paul D 04 Dec 2013 5

Beautiful British Battleships

RA Burt has published a revised edition of British Battleships 1889 �?�?�?�¢â?¬â?? 1904, it may seem like an odd date to finish but this was before the Royal Navy launched the Dreadnoughts and the great naval race with Germany began. Burt who is an expert naval historian has studied the design, construction and service histories of all the Battleships. During his years of research he has managed to gather one of the best collections of naval pictures of these historical ships.

As you would expect from Burt this is a beautiful book that is well written well illustrated with the designs and the corresponding service history of each ship. This is a wonderful and large book just looking through its pages is a privilege which is very easy on the eye. It is a great book to dip in and out of as well as take time to go through and read.

This wonderful book would make an ideal present for those who love naval history and this would be a fantastic addition to someone�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s collection. This is a revised addition to Burt�?�?�?�¢â?¬â?¢s original edition it now contains more pictures and additional information. The original has been out of print for a very long time so this is welcome as it is affordable and beautiful at the same time.