The Grand Fleet (Kindle)
Warship Design and Development 1906-1922
The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 ushered in one of the most rapid periods of warship development in history; and only ten years after this all-big-gun, turbine-powered battleship was completed, two entire fleets of Dreadnoughts would meet at Jutland and put the work of the prewar designers to the ultimate test.rnrnThe renowned warship author, D K Brown, examines the development of these vessels and looks at how wartime experience affected warship design. As well as battleships and battlecruisers, for the first time the developmental history of smaller vessels such as minesweepers, monitors and escort vessels, built in direct response to wartime needs, is described, as is that of the submarine and aircraft carrier. A detailed study is made of battle damage, including the role played by ammunition explosions in the loss of three British battlecruisers at Jutland. Also described are the postwar capital ship designs, killed off by the Washington Treaty, which are among the most fascinating 'might-have-beens' of naval history.rnrnA classic work again available for historians and enthusiasts, detailing the development of all those ships that enabled the Royal Navy to rule the waves supreme and defend country and empire.
The book contains many monochrome archive photographs as well as a number of interesting and informative drawings, both of the vessels themselves and of such aspects as bulging and armouring systems.Ships in Scale
In both volumes, the illustrations are extensive, often of outstanding quality and sometimes making their first appearance in a modern publication. The author has also gone to much trouble over the captions, which are extensive and complement the text – and have very few errors. Highly recommended.The Navy
This book is indispensable for any naval historian. It is a historiography in that it charts the evolution of warship design and development in the years 1906-1922 in the United Kingdom. An important and valuable book.International Journal of Maritime History
A minor classic. Strongly recommended for all interested in British and Naval history.Scuttlebutt
The author has managed to make the technical detail accessible to the layman and consequently it is easy to read as well as being authorative. Deserves to be on the bookshelf of any nautical enthusiast. Very highly recommended.Marine News
A classic work again available for historians and enthusiasts, detailing the development of all those ships that enabled the Royal Navy to rule the waves supreme and defend country and empire.Heritage and History
This is the long-awaited reprint of a title first.ships monthly.
Beginning with the evolution of Royal Navy policy to meet the perceived German threat after 1903, Brown traces ship and weapon design through 1922. He outlines the evolution of all major types and classes from the original Dreadnought and the original improvised aircraft carriers to smaller combatant cruisers, merchant cruisers, destroyers, sloops and submarines. Smaller inshore vessels and even monitors designed for coastal bombardment are included, as is a section on experience gained from WWI battle and mine damage. There is a treatment of the postwar capital ships killed off by the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 limiting battleship tonnage, a fascinating look at what might have been.The Western Front Association
HMS Dreadnought (1906) launched
10th February 1906
HMS Dreadnought was a battleship of the British Royal Navy that revolutionised naval power. Her entry into service in 1906 represented such a marked advance in naval technology that her name came to be associated with an entire generation of battleships, the "dreadnoughts", as well as the class of ships named after her, while the generation of ships she made obsolete became known as "pre-dreadnoughts". She was the sixth ship of that name in the Royal Navy.
The first aircraft carriers made their appearance in the early years of World War I. These first flattops were improvised affairs built on hulls that had been laid down with other purposes in mind, and it was not until the 1920s that the first purpose-built carriers were launched, but no-one was as yet clear about the role of the carriers and they were largely unloved by the 'battleship admirals' who still believed that their great dreadnoughts were the ultimate capital ships. World War II changed all that, At Taranto, Pearl Harbour, and in the North Atlantic, the carrier, the ugly duckling of…By Philip Kaplan
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