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- DescriptionThe launch of HMS Dreadught in 1906 changed the face of naval warfare. The first half-dozen dreadughts were all improvements of the basic Dreadught design, all carrying ten 12-inch guns. It was only in 1911, with the launch of HMS Neptune that the layout of this powerful armament was altered as a result of practical experience. Two more versions of the Neptune entered service later that same year. These nine improved dreadughts formed the core of the British High Seas Fleet. They would soon, however, be outclassed by a new breed of super dreadughts , the subject of the second volume in this two-part story. While these new battleships carried larger 13.5-inch guns, they proved less successful as all-round battleships than their more lightly-armed predecessors. One last 12-inch gun dreadught entered service in 1914, when a seven turret battleship being built for the Turks was commandeered by the Royal Navy, and re-named HMS Agincourt. This New Vanguard title, the first of two covering these famous warships will uncover the full story of the British battleships of World War I. The book will look at their revolutionary design, the 12-inch guns that provided them with their firepower, and the way these guns were fired in anger.
- Author BiographyAngus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 50 books, 30 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed and widely published author has written several books on piracy, including The History of Pirates, and Blackbeard: America's Most Notorious Pirate. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator of Weapons at the Tower of London and as the Chief Curator of the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.
- Author(s)Angus Konstam
- PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Date of Publication07/05/2013
- SubjectMilitary History
- Series TitleNew Vanguard
- Series Part/Volume Number200
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOsprey Publishing
- Content Note30 b/w; 7 col
- Weight167 g
- Width184 mm
- Height248 mm
- Spine5 mm
- Illustrator(s)Paul Wright
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