This superb reference book achieved the status of ‘classic’ soon after its first publication in 1993; it was soon out of print and is now one of the most sought-after naval reference books.
And with good reason. Offering an unprecedented range of descriptive and illustrative detail, the author describes the evolution of the battleship classes through all their modifications and refits. As well as dealing with design features, armour, machinery and power plants and weaponry, he also examines the performance of the ships in battle and analyses their successes and failures; and as well as covering all the RN’s battleships and battlecruisers, he also looks in detail at the aircraft carrier conversions of the WWI battlecruisers Furious, Glorious and Courageous.
British Battleships 1919-1939 is a masterpiece of research and the comprehensive text is accompanied by tabular detail and certainly the finest collection of photographs and line drawings ever offered in such a book. For this new edition the author has added some 75 new photographs, many of them having never appeared in print before, and the book has been completely redesigned to fully exploit the superb photo collection.
A delight for the historian, enthusiast and ship modeller, it is a volume that is already regarded as an essential reference work for this most significant era in naval history and ship design.
Burt’s works bring together a powerful combination of extensive photography, detailed large scale drawings, diagrams illustrating differences within classes, changes over time, and camouflage schemes, and lucid text describing development, realization, modifications and upgrades, service... [read full review]Nautical Research Journal
The original version of this classic work was first published in 1993 and was so well received was soon out of print. This revised version contains no fewer than 70 new photographs - many of... [read full review]Ned Middleton
The new edition is slightly longer than its predecessors and has 25% larger pages, which are of a somewhat better grade of paper. These changes have allowed the addition of 75 new photographs, the majority... [read full review]The Australian Navy Magazine
Anything you ever wanted to know about Britain’s battleships in the 20th century is likely to be found in this redesigned second edition of a book first published in 1993. Notwithstanding its title, the book... [read full review]Ships Monthly, January 2013
This is a welcome (and somewhat revised) reprint of a classic. RA Burt began as a collector of naval photographs and then expanded his interest to include what was clearly extensive primary research into the... [read full review]Journal of the Australian Naval Institute
Here is the book Naval buffs have been waiting to see for years.Sea Classics Magazine
This has got to be one of the most accurate and definitive books on the subject. Not only is it laid out in a way that makes it easy to use but combines that with attention to detail which is often sadly missing from other books on the subject. The content is detailed and complete enough for the casual reader as well as those heavily in to the subject. I can not recommend this too highly.
by Paul Biddlecombe, 22nd January 2013
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