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The Grand Fleet (ePub)

Warship Design and Development 1906-1922

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By D K Brown
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 12.6 MB (.epub)
ISBN: 9781783830602
Published: 22nd September 2010


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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.

The 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.

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.

... this book was a worthy addition to my library.

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Israel Book Review

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.


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

About D K Brown

D K BROWN was a distinguished naval architect who retired in 1988 as Deputy Chief Naval Architect of the Royal Corps of Naval Constructors. He published widely on the subject of warship design and built a reputation as a clear and brilliant commentator on the development of the ships of the Royal Navy. He died in 2008.

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