- Hardcover: 259 pages
- Publisher: Naval Inst Pr; First Edition edition (May 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 155750069X
- ISBN-13: 978-1557500694
- Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.2 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,548,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Battleships of the World First Edition Edition
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"Battleships of the World", uniquely combines World War 1 and World War 2 Battleships while seperating the ships into their modernized and original forms [as was frequently the case because of the Washington and London Disarmament accords].
WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS VOLUME: EASY TO USE
1]- CONCISE SUMMARY OF 'DEVELOPMENTS TO 1918' PRECEDES EACH COUNTRY'S SHIP LISTINGS, FOLLOWED BY 'DEVELOPMENTS TO 1945' & MORE OF THE SAME.
2]- WORLD WAR 1 DREADNOUGHTS THAT WERE MODERNIZED FOR USE IN WORLD WAR 2 APPEAR IN BOTH SECTIONS FOR EACH COUNTRY, & 'DEVELOPMENTS TO 1918' + 'DEVELOPMENTS TO 1945'. In essence, the book treats modernized ships like the 'Warspite' as though they were two ships with data and photos for both versions.
3]- EXCELLENT REFERENCE AND A PERFECT COMPANION TO A WAR-ACCOUNT READER WHICH INCLUDES BATTLESHIPS. In essence, it provides the ships specs quckly, which are usually lacking in most readers. [eg. 'GREAT SHIPS PASS', by Peter C. Smith, Naval Institute Press]
WHAT I DID NOT LIKE ABOUT THIS VOLUME: SKIMPY SHIP'S DATA & SKETCHES
1]- LACKS DETAILED INFORMATION ABOUT THE PLACEMENT AND SPECIFICATIONS OF THE ARMOR. Instead offers just a 'PERCENTAGE OF THE WEIGHT OF THE SHIP IN ARMOR' and a few 'maximum thicknesses'. I want to know what kind of armor was used and where, how it tapers and is attached to bulkheads, the hull and the decks. What underwater protection systems are utilized and some diagrams would be nice. Armor is what makes Battleships different from other ships. Battlecruisers are faster and often have the same caliber weopens, but Battleships are built to function under conditions that would sink other vessels and how this function is maintained in battle [armor] needs to be included in any reference about these great ships.
BOTTOM LINE: A DECENT REFERENCE BUT NOT ALL INCLUSIVE OF WHAT IS IMPORTANT
This book is certainly a worthwhile reference and does give the German Kreigsmarine as well as the American and British navies both a nice summary and decent ships' details. Other navies are included but the detail is somewhat less.
After living with htis book for several months, one can't help feeling that something is really missing along the lines of a coastline that has been simplified for use on a small-scale map.
A pretty good effort, definitely on a par with anything written by M. J.Whitley, and in some respects better than Whitley's latest effort on battleships. Don't write this one off completely!
If you want a single book with broad but lightweight coverage of 20th century battleships, this is one of several worth considering. However, Greger's references include Breyer, Raven, Burt, Parkes, Friedman, and the committed naval history buff would do better to turn to these.