This superb reference book achieved the status of ‘classic’ soon after its first publication in 1986; it was soon out of print and is now one of the most sought-after naval reference books on the secondhand market.
It presents, in one superb volume, the complete technical history of British capital ship design and construction during the dreadnought era. One hundred years ago at Jutland, Dogger Bank, Heligoland Bight and the first battle for the Falklands, might squadrons of these great armoured ships fought their German counterparts for command of the seas. Beginning with Dreadnought, the book continues to the end of the First World War, and all of the fifty dreadnoughts, ‘super-dreadnoughts’ and battlecruisers that served the Royal Navy during this era are described and superbly illustrated with photographs and line drawings.
Each class of ship is described in detail so that design origins, and technical and operational factors, are discussed alongside characteristics, with special emphasis on armament, armour and machinery. Fully detailed data tables are included for every class, and more than 500 photographs and line drawings illustrate the text.
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.
Ray Burt has been researching the design, construction and service histories of British Battleships for at least 30 years and this new edition of his classic 1986 book benefits from work undertaken in the intervening... [read full review]Marine News
This magnificent 344-page book is crammed with informative text, illustrations, line drawings and contemporary photos that cover the history of British capital ship design and construction during the ‘Dreadnought Era’. The book will no doubt... [read full review]Military Machines International
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
I have to start out by saying that it is a magnificent book: It is in hardcover, printed in a large format on high quality paper, and has over 350 stunning pages with many beautiful... [read full review]Navy Fiction.com
The Dreadnought capital ships up to the Courageous – class – their history, detailed technical background, many fine line drawing and photographs.Naval- History
This book is destined to become one o the primary reference works on the capital ships of the British Fleet during World War 1. It has a relatively short introduction and then the real work... [read full review]Dr Stuart Blank, Military Archive Research
The Dreadnought capital ships up to the Courageous-class - their history, detailed technical background, many fine line drawing and photographsNaval History.net
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About Ray Burt
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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