By Angus Konstam
With the outbreak of worldwide battle II, Britain's Royal military was once on the leading edge of her defence together with her fleet of battleships as her major extraordinary strength. even if, ten battleships of this fleet have been already over two decades outdated, venerable veterans of the 1st international clash. As such, within the Nineteen Thirties new sessions have been commissioned - glossy battleships which have been designed to switch the getting old conflict fleet even if just one might see lively provider. including the older battleships, which have been more and more transformed within the decade previous the conflict and through the clash itself, those vessels held their very own opposed to their German and Italian opposite numbers. This identify bargains a finished evaluate of the seven battleships of the Nelson and King George V sessions from their preliminary commissioning to their peacetime changes and wartime provider. exact descriptions of the most armament of every send will provide extra research of person battleship's effectiveness, discussing how the weapons have been manned whilst enticing with the enemy. additionally, with particularly commissioned art and a dramatic re-telling of key battleship battles, this ebook will spotlight what it was once like on board for the sailors who risked their lives at the excessive seas. Describing HMS Rodney combating opposed to the Bismarck, the may well of the Kriegsmarine, the writer information how the British battleship closed in on her German adversary at such shut diversity that the spotters may well stick with the shells onto the objective, arguing that even if the airplane provider might finally dominate later naval conflicts, it was once the battleship that played a useful provider all through numerous engagements.