The Washington Treaty attempted much but delivered poorly. However, it introduced some very creative ways of designing and building warships to maximise permitted tonnage. The author has produced a comprehensive review of the Washington Treaty's impact on naval fleet development between the two World Wars. Most highly recommended.
NAME: Warships After Washington, The Development of the Five Major Fleets 1922-1930 FILE: R2383 AUTHOR: John Jordan PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth BINDING: soft back PAGES: 338 PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Naval architecture, international agreement, five fleets, Royal Navy, arms control, cheating, standards, tonnage, regulation ISBN: 978-1-47385-273-0 IMAGE: B2383.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/hhqjwqz LINKS: Current Discount Offers http://www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/sale DESCRIPTION: The Washington Treaty attempted much but delivered poorly. However, it introduced some very creative ways of designing and building warships to maximise permitted tonnage. The author has produced a comprehensive review of the Washington Treaty's impact on naval fleet development between the two World Wars. Most highly recommended. The broadest outlines of the Washington Treaty will be familiar to most naval enthusiasts, if not to the general public. Some of the detail will also be known. For example, anyone with an interest in naval design and naval aviation will know that HMS Ark Royal (III) was a very creative way of squeezing another carrier into the Fleet. The efforts to compress a carrier design without losing effectiveness was then applied to larger carriers very profitably. HMS Nelson and HMS Rodney were equally creative designs that departed from established RN battleship format and permitted up-gunning to 16 inch main armament. The author has reviewed the implications of the Treaty as well as reviewing the classes of Treaty warship for the five major navies. The very clear text is enhanced by many photographs and drawings through the body of the book. This will make this new book one of the reference standards for naval enthusiasts and very helpful to those who are not enthusiasts, or perhaps not even knowledgable about naval matters, in understanding the far-reaching effect of the Treaty on international relations and on WWII. The Washington Treaty was followed by the Geneva Conference in 1927 and the London Treaty. As with many attempts at arms control, this process had as much a desire to spend 'peace' dividends that were never there to spend. There will always be strong argument between the various factions for and against such an exercise. However, the end result is a great deal of cheating by all concerned as nations attempted to win an advantage.