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British Warships of the Second World War (Blueprint Series (Annapolis, MD.)) Hardcover – February, 2001

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John Roberts, a leading authority on warship design and development, has written numerous books on the subject, including Battlecruisers.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press; First American Edition edition (February 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155750220X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557502209
  • Product Dimensions: 11.7 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,336,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Sui Lin Chee on June 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
John Roberts authored several outstanding books, including "Battlecruisers" by Conway's. Although prominently labeled as a "blueprint" book, I was surprised to discover the photos of blueprints are unreadable. I mistakenly expected line drawings (which are outstanding in his Battlecruiser book); there are none here. Even the 2-page wide blueprints are unreadable; details & labels couldn't be read. The primary purpose of this book appears to be a compilation of blueprints, which are themselves, valuable & historical documents. In this respect, the is similar to an art book -- it replicates original source that is available only in a museum. The text doesn't contain new material, but it is valuable in that it more detailed than "survey" type books but less exhaustive than the in-depth "class" books such as Garzke's battleship series and Friedman's US Navy class ships series. The book covers major warship types that served during WWII, beginning with Rodney/Nelson class, with some reference to Queen Elizabeth class modernizations. I found the text most valuable in describing the design objectives & limitations rather than a description without context (example: HMS Rodney & Nelson are described within the Washington Treaty 35,0000 ton limitation). As I write this without the book in front of me, I don't recall seeing any photographs (besides photos of blueprints), which would be a major disappointment. It's difficult to pass up a book by such an expert as John Roberts, but this may be a candidate. I think the objective of the book is to display blueprint documents that readers could only see if they visited or had access to the Maritime Museum in Greenwich, UK. Had Roberts added a line drawing to each class (and an accompanying photo), I would recommend this book rather than give a marginal approval.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 27, 2011
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JOhn Roberts Blue Print book on the British Ships of WW2 is an excllent addition to anyones collect on British Naval Ships..the is alot of blue prints photo's and tech to give the read an excellent understanding of British War Ships both major and minor vessels...An excellent additiona to anyones bookshelf.
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