This lavishly illustrated book naturally carries a higher cover price because of the cost of illustration and production, but it is well worth it. There is appropriate text in the form of introductions and extended captions. Very highly recommended.
NAME: British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WWII, Volume 2, Battleships and Aircraft Carriers
AUTHOR: Malcolm Wright
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: camouflage, painting, battleships, aircraft carriers, Royal Navy, RAN, Commonwealth, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, pre-WWII
DESCRIPTION: This lavishly illustrated book naturally carries a higher cover price because of the cost of illustration and production, but it is well worth it. There is appropriate text in the form of introductions and extended captions. Very highly recommended.
It is unfortunate that high quality illustrated books cost so much to produce, at a time when lending libraries are being reduced or closed in so many countries. This is a book that is aimed at dedicated enthusiasts, professionals and model makers/engineers, but it is also an idea entry point for the youngest readers starting to build knowledge and understanding of capital ships during WWII and in the period from 1914.
This is so much more than just a set of camouflage patterns. Each vessel included in the book is shown at different points in its career and this pre-dates 1939 for several of the warships. During their service career they were modified to meet the changing needs of war craft as the submarine and aircraft introduced completely new threat environments. Many capital ships carried spotter planes before the introduction of effective gunnery radar. During a long service life this meant that several different aircraft models were embarked and some of these were effective weapons systems in their own right. The Walrus amphibian biplane was used as a dive bomber and the Swordfish float plane could carry torpedoes and rockets. This book has included sketches, not to scale, of aircraft carried by each ship. There is also a page devoted to aircraft symbols used in the book, and a similar page for weapons and electronics. These pages allow the space to accurately scale these symbols which is useful because the symbols have to be depicted above scale with the warships to make them identifiable.
The pictures collectively provide the accurate impression of the power and diversity of British and Commonwealth battleships and aircraft carriers to 1945. It also demonstrates the advances made in design and technology. Then, the book also provides what it says in the title and that is a selection of camouflage patterns as applied to the vessels during WWII.
This is the sort of book that made public lending and reference libraries such a valuable source of information for all and a vital source for young readers. A few lucky younger readers also received their own copies from fond aunts and uncles. Today, its all down to the generosity of aunts and uncles.