By R A Burt

This quantity brings to finishing touch the reissue of R A Burt's amazing bestselling three-volume historical past of British battleships, and it covers the pre-dreadnought period which has, lately, received a brand new and fervent following.

The Russian battle scare of 1884 and the public's nervousness concerning the Royal Navy's skill to struggle a contemporary conflict at sea led to the Naval Defence Act of 1889 and an enormous programme of warship development. Over the following 20 years a fleet of fifty two battleships used to be equipped, development ultimately interrupted via the progressive Dreadnought layout. during this new quantity, the writer offers complete information of layout and building, armament, safety, equipment and function, all subsidized up with exact information tables directory layout figures, trials effects, and whole details at varied phases within the ships' careers. The background of every battleship is chronicled and the reader is reminded in their significant contribution within the First global battle. They bore the brunt of the motion on the Dardenelles, bombarded the Belgium coast, patrolled the North Sea and the Channel, strengthened the Italian Fleet, and served in East Africa, the East Indies and the White Sea. such a lot have been broadly changed throughout the conflict and this type has made them of distinctive curiosity to the historian, fanatic and send modeller.

With the addition of many new pictures from the author's gigantic assortment, this new version is just a 'must-have' addition to each naval library.

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