British Warships of the Second World War, detailed in the original builders’ plans

The Seaforth imprint of Pen & Sword has a well-deserved reputation for producing fine studies of naval technology and action. This new book contains well-chosen technical drawings within it as excellent illustration. The author provides a well-balanced review of British Warship design and construction prior to and during WWII. Much Recommended


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NAME: British Warships of the Second World War, detailed in the 
original builders' plans
FILE: R2461
AUTHOR:  John Roberts
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  176
PRICE: £35.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Warships, technology, design, naval architecture, technical 
drawings, Royal Navy, WWII, World War Two, World War 2, Second World 
War, battle fleets, big gun, aviation
ISBN: 978-1-4738-9068-8
IMAGE: B2461.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The Seaforth imprint of Pen & Sword has a well-deserved 
reputation for producing fine studies of naval technology and action. 
This new book contains well-chosen technical drawings within it as 
excellent illustration.  The author provides a well-balanced review 
of British Warship design and construction prior to and during WWII. 
Much Recommended 

A skilled draughtsman, the author has a naturally developed visual 
ability. He has employed his skills to create a book that lays out, 
with detailed builders' plans, a selection of RN warships that served 
through WWII but also covered the naval architecture from Dreadnought. 

This work shows how WWI warships served on effectively during WWII, 
their capabilities improved by modification to employ the benefits 
of naval aviation and to protect against enemy aircraft.

There is clear text and well-argued conclusions, but the drawings make 
this a unique review. Inevitably, a few drawings require careful study 
because their age has not helped reproduction but, in the main, the 
drawings are crisp and powerful.

The naval gun can be seen as being still a major weapon in WWII, but 
the effects of naval aviation can also be seen. The book is a large 
format and there is an outstanding drawing of HMS Ark Royal (III). 
This highly innovative aircraft carrier squeezed the maximum advantage 
out of the remaining Treaty tonnage, setting a standard to be followed 
by later carriers of greater size. The publishers have managed to 
reproduce a very large detailed drawing by using two fold out pages to 
provide an impressive four page spread.

This will become one of the key reference works in its field, but it 
is a fascinating review that will encourage a wider readership.