The only sadness about HMS Vanguard was that she was not preserved at the end of her service life. This last British battleship included much novelty and was a fine sea keeper. On exercise with US battleships she was able to continue and fight in the face of storms that defeated the US warships – Very Highly Recommended
NAME: The Last British Battleship, HMS Vanguard 1946-1960 FILE: R2919 AUTHOR: R A Burt PUBLISHER: Pen and Sword, Seaforth BINDING: hard back PAGES: 28 PRICE: £35.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, World War II, World War 2, war at sea, capital ships, armoured warships, big gun warships, economy battleship, post WWII battleships, anti-aircraft defences, shipboard aircraft, Cold War
IMAGE: B2919.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y2oue4b4 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: The only sadness about HMS Vanguard was that she was not preserved at the end of her service life. This last British battleship included much novelty and was a fine sea keeper. On exercise with US battleships she was able to continue and fight in the face of storms that defeated the US warships – Very Highly Recommended HMS Vanguard was essentially a cut price battleship that was not completed until the war ended, never saw war service in any fleet engagement, but proved to be a fine ship. What is often remembered is the quip about her borrowing her great aunts' teeth because she was armed with guns constructed for battlecruisers that were converted into aircraft carriers. This new book is a credit to her memory, produced beautifully by a publisher who always pays close attention to production, and written by an author who deservedly is being regarded as the definitive historian of battleships The many rare images are accompanied with fine drawings, a four page fold out set of drawings and large full colour drawings of her in the end papers. This is a book that no enthusiast of naval history, and the history of the battleship, should be without. It is fitting that this last in a long line of leading edge British battleships should prove such an impressive vessel with fine sea keeping abilities. The reasoning behind the decision to build Vanguard may not have been impressive, regarding her as a spare to be built as cheaply as possible. In fact, she was built on the best pedigree. Her design was evolved from the King George V Class and the two battleships laid down in 1939 but never completed. At 814 ft overall and 43,200 tons she was the largest battleship built for the Royal Navy and incorporated the lessons won during WWII and from the earlier heritage of British capital ships. This book provides a detailed review of her design, construction and career. All aspects of her construction and armament are reviewed in detail. A handsome vessel, she was equipped with 15in guns in four twin turrets and had no provision for a spotter aircraft because radar had reached the stage of reliability that the seaplane was no longer required to spot for the guns. She had a heavy anti-aircraft armament as this was seen as a principle threat to capital ships. She was part of the trials program for helicopter operations but was never equipped with a landing pad and hanger. This is a book that will appeal to a wider readership and certainly become an essential part of the library of enthusiasts and professionals. Considering the large format, high quality production and high image content, from a specialist in the subject, this book is priced at a very competitive figure and, knowing that Pen and Sword Seaforth will also be offering discounted pricing, this is a book that is very affordable.