The Last British Battleship, HMS Vanguard 1946-1960

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

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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

ISBN: 978-1-5267-5226-0

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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.