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The Royal Navy and the Capital Ship in the Interwar Period: An Operational Perspective (Cass Series: Naval Policy and History) Hardcover – January 1, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0714651965 ISBN-10: 0714651966 Edition: First

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  • Series: Cass Series: Naval Policy and History (Book 15)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; First edition (January 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714651966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714651965
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This is a nice attempt to link actual operational practice to stated naval policy and is an interesting read. The actual naval operations documented by the author does not offer any surprises for me. The Royal Navy, post WWI, in its operations and exercises tried to simulate the threats to the capital ship of the aircraft, torpedo and the mine. There is not a great amount of operations and real world practice documented in the book and where cited the detail is not great but the author noted the limited official records that had been maintained on this subject by the Royal Navy. The author does a nice job in documenting that the size of the Royal Navy like the Imperial Japanese Navy was determined by economics and not treaty. That case is as not as widely recognized for the US because of it being a creditor nation with the ability to build warships at the end of WWI but with an increasingly isolationist populace not wanting to fund warship construction a navy second to none was not possible.

The author does a good job of summarizing WWI operations which otherwise would require reading 600-700 pages of a book about naval operations to reach the same conclusion. The author also offered insight for me that as the American and Japanese navies sought to extend battle ranges out to 30,000 yards the British desired combat at much closer ranges of 12,000 to 16,000 yards. The existence of their battle cruisers which were susceptible to plunging fire at long range may have forced the British to not seek long range battle. The small number of hits obtained firing at long range, which would have resulted in depleting main battery ammunition with few hits in return, might have confirmed the British position.
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