By Angus Konstam
With the outbreak of global warfare II, Britain's Royal army and her fleet of battleships will be on the leading edge of her defence. but from a fleet of 12 battleships, ten have been already over two decades previous, venerable veterans of worldwide battle I. wide ameliorations in the course of the Nineteen Thirties allowed those ships to accomplish a necessary provider through the six lengthy years of clash, and additional advancements made throughout the process the struggle enabled them to carry their very own opposed to their German and Italian opposite numbers. This name deals a complete overview of the improvement of those British battleships from their preliminary commissioning to their peacetime alterations and wartime carrier. distinct descriptions of the most armament of every send will supply extra research of person battleships' effectiveness, discussing how the weapons have been manned while enticing the enemy. Describing HMS Warspite through the conflict of Matapan in 1941, the writer info how this British battleship, including different Royal army and Australian vessels, defeated the may of the Italian military in order that they by no means back threatened Allied fleets in the Mediterranean. With particularly commissioned art and a dramatic retelling of key battleship engagements, this ebook will spotlight what it was once like on board for the sailors who risked their lives at the excessive seas.