This volume is intended to present a genuinely global vision of the development of worlds battleships. In a collection of chapters by international experts, the design, building and career of a significant battleship from each of the worlds navies is explored in such a way as to illuminate not just the ships but also the communities of officers and men that served in them and, more broadly, the societies and nations that built them. While ships from the Royal Navy, the US Navy, the Kriegsmarine, the Imperial Japanese Navy, the Marine Nationale and the Regia Navale are given significant coverage, so are those from the smaller navies, for example, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Turkey and the Scandinavian Each chapter explains the origins of a particular ship, her importance as a national symbol and her place in the fleet. The genesis of her design along with particulars of her protection, armament and propulsion are covered and the construction process and launching described. The ship’s complement and organisation are detailed, and daily routine and watch-keeping explained, and how this varied between peace and war. Life onboard, eating and sleeping for officers and ratings, discipline, pay, morale, pets and mascots are covered as well as a full account of the ship’s career, so that the distinctive character of each vessel and navy emerges. This is a highly original and significant book on the great capital ships of the world.
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WORLD OF THE BATTLESHIP The Design and Careers of Capital Ships of the World’s Navies 1880-1990
This is a compendium of twenty one battleship stories. As Bruce Taylor states the aim is to provide in-depth coverage of a representative vessel from each navy which had a battleship in commission between 1882 and 1992. In chronological order each chapter tells the story of one ship from one navy, starting with China (the Chen Yuen of 1882) through to the Missouri of the United States of 1944. The book is a clever idea and does it wonderfully well thanks to the skill of the editor in selecting an excellent cross section of ships and navies. Some of the ships are not well known but many, such as the Hood for Great Britain, the Scharnhorst for Germany, the Nagato for Japan, the Littorio for Italy, the ill-fated Viribus Unitis for Austria-Hungary and the ex Goeben for Turkey are iconic ships and well known.