British Battleships 1914-18 (1): The Early Dreadnoughts

British Battleships 1914-18 (1): The Early Dreadnoughts

by Angus Konstam, Paul Wright

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Overview

The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 changed the face of naval warfare. The first half-dozen dreadnoughts were all improvements of the basic Dreadnought 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 dreadnoughts formed the core of the British High Seas Fleet. They would soon, however, be outclassed by a new breed of “super dreadnoughts”, 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 dreadnought 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780961699
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/20/2013
Series: New Vanguard , #200
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 884,290
File size: 11 MB
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About the Author

Angus 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.
Angus Konstam hails from the Orkney Islands, and is the author of over 100 history books, 60 of which are published by Osprey. This acclaimed author has written widely on naval history, from Sovereigns of the Seas and Piracy: The Complete History to his most recent bestseller, Jutland 1916: Twelve Hours to Win the War. A former naval officer and museum professional, he worked as the Curator in both the Royal Armouries, Tower of London and the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum in Key West, Florida. He now works as a full-time author and historian, and lives in Orkney, Scotland.

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Design and Development 5

The Pre-Dreadnoughts

The Big Gun Battleship

Dreadnought

Rebuilding the Fleet

The Bellerophon Class

The St Vincent Class

Neptune

The Colossus Class

Agincourt

Specifications 25

Fighting Potential 29

Fire Control

The Main Battery

Protection

Wartime Modifications 38

Dreadnought

Bellerophon Class

St Vincent Class

Neptune

Colossus Class

Agincourt

Wartime Service 44

Dreadnought

Bellerophon Class

St Vincent Class

Neptune

Colossus Class

Agincourt

Bibliography 47

Index 48

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