Battlecruiser Repulse, detailed in the original builders’ plans

Another fine product of collaboration between the publisher and the British National Maritime Museum Greenwich. This book provides access to original builders’ plans that previously were only accessible to museum staff and accredited researchers – Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Battlecruiser Repulse, detailed in the original builders' plans
FILE: R2965
AUTHOR: John Roberts
PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Seaforth Publishing
BINDING: hard back
PRICE: £30.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, First World War,The Great War, 
WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, naval treaties, inter-war 
years, peace dividend, appeasement, armour, battle cruiser, heavy guns, speed, 
modification, adaptation, ships plans

ISBN: 978-1-5267-5728-9

IMAGE: B2965.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: Another fine product of collaboration between the publisher and 
the British National Maritime Museum Greenwich. This book provides access to 
original builders' plans that previously were only accessible to museum staff 
and accredited researchers –    Highly Recommended.

The battle cruiser was in many respects a very disappointing concept. It did manage 
to carry heavy guns at much higher speeds but its reduced armour, to enable higher 
speed, proved a very vulnerable Achilles Heel. However, battle cruisers, such as 
HMS Repulse, served through two World Wars and between the wars were subject 
to major refits that updated the vessels to improve their survival in the changing 
world of naval warfare.

This book carries two complete sets of general arrangement plans, 1916 and 1938, 
which show very clearly how the design was updated to meet the new threat of naval
 air power. The plans have been reproduced with clarity and concise text introduces, 
comments and provides captions and extended captions to support the images.

One interesting update was the addition of a float plane for target spotting and calling 
back the fall of shot to the gunnery officer. Battleships and battlecruisers in British 
service were usually fitted with either a Walrus amphibian or a Swordfish fitted with 
floats. The Repulse plans show a Swordfish. Both types of aircraft have offensive 
capability, the Walrus being used on occasion as a bomber and the Swordfish as a 
torpedo bomber. As WWII progressed, radar was widely fitted to British warships 
and on big gun capital ships it replaced the spotter aircraft. As a result the aircraft 
were often deleted but that removed the useful secondary roles of communications 
transport and bombing.

The publisher includes an important catalogue of detailed maritime history plan 
books with the serious enthusiast, naval historian and naval professional was parts 
of the primary market. However, the books have been very aggressively priced, 
enabling novices to acquire copies as they develop an understanding of naval 
architecture and challenges.