British Battleship vs Italian Battleship

The British received advance warning of the operation through the decryption of
Enigma intercepts and made plans for a trap. Late on 27 March, Cunningham led
the Mediterranean Fleet out of Alexandria with three battleships (Warspite, ...

British Battleship vs Italian Battleship

Author: Mark Stille

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472832280

Page: 80

View: 243

During World War II's battle for control of the Mediterranean, both the British and Italian navies planned to bring their battle fleets into play. At the centre of both of these fleets was a core of battleships which both sides expected to play a decisive role in the conflict. On 9 July 1940, the two navies met in the central Mediterranean, as two Italian battleships faced off against three of their British counterparts. Christened the Battle of Calabria, the action allowed the ships to play to their strengths, engaging in a long-range gunnery duel, the very thing they had been designed for. Though both sides shot well, the only hit was scored by Warspite on the Italian battleship Giulio Cesare. The Italians were forced to withdraw, and the action ended up being indecisive, but it was the largest fleet action fought in the Mediterranean during the war. As well as this battle, there were other occasions during the war when both British and Italian battleships were present and influential, but during which they never engaged each other directly – the Battle of Spartivento on 27 November 1940, and the Battle of Cape Matapan on 28–29 March 1941. Packed with full-colour artwork, carefully selected archive photographs and expert analysis, this title explores in detail the role played by British and Italian battleships in these encounters, and their influence in the Mediterranean theatre of World War II.

The British Battleship 1906 1946

Repleat with original insights, the story that emerges will enlighten and surprise even the most knowledgeable.The attraction of the book is enhanced by sets of specially commissioned plans of the important classes by John Roberts and A D ...

The British Battleship 1906 1946

Author: Norman Friedman

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 1848322259

Page: 400

View: 597

The British battleship is one of the most intensely studied of all naval topics, but it is also among the most popular. Norman Friedman is one of the most highly regarded of all naval writers, with an avid following for his work. Therefore, a new book on British battleships by Friedman is a major event, and has been eagerly awaited ever since knowledge of the project began to circulate among enthusiasts.Friedman has the ability to bring new ideas to even the most over-worked subjects, based on extensive original research and a talent for explaining technology in the wider context of politics, economics and strategy. His latest book covers the development of Royal Navy capital ships, including battlecruisers, from the pre-history of the revolutionary Dreadnought of 1906 to the last of the line, HMS Vanguard in 1946. Repleat with original insights, the story that emerges will enlighten and surprise even the most knowledgeable.The attraction of the book is enhanced by sets of specially commissioned plans of the important classes by John Roberts and A D Baker III, both renowned experts in their own right, plus a colour section featuring the original Admiralty draughts, including a spectacular double gatefold.For many with an interest in warships, this will be the book of the year.

British Battleship vs German Battleship

The King George V-class ships were sent out to the Pacific, where they served
with the British Pacific Fleet, or the Eastern Fleet. While it was now clear that the
era of the battleship had passed, these vessels still remained useful as floating ...

British Battleship vs German Battleship

Author: Angus Konstam

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472841174

Page: 80

View: 996

At the outbreak of World War II, the four key Capital German ships comprised the Bismarck, Tirpitz, Scharnhorst and Gneisenau. Their primary threats where the Royal Navy's King George Vclass battleships, the most modern British battleships in commission during World War II and some of the Navy's most powerful vessels. Five ships of this class were built: HMS King George V, Prince of Wales, Duke of York, Howe (late 1942) and Anson (late 1942). The powerful vessels in this class would clash with the pride of the Kriegsmarine in two major engagements: first, during the Battle of the Denmark Strait and subsequent pursuit of the Bismarck between 24 and 27 May 1941, and again at the Battle of the North Cape on 26 December 1943. Alongside the King George V class, the Royal Navy's two-ship Nelson-class (Nelson and Rodney), comprised Britain's only other battleships built in the interwar years. Both ships served extensively in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Indian oceans during the war, but their moment of fame came when Rodney (together with King George V) chased down and bombarded the doomed Bismarck in May 1941. This superbly detailed addition to the Duel series compares and contrasts the design and development of these opposing capital ships, and describes the epic clashes on the high seas that ended with the destruction of the Kriegsmarine's major naval assets.

British Battleships 1939 45 1

The battle flared up elsewhere, involving light forces and an air attack, but it was
clear the Italians were unwilling to press the British. As Cunningham put it later, '
never again did the Italians face up to the fire of British battleships.' This brief ...

British Battleships 1939   45  1

Author: Angus Konstam

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1846038804

Page: 48

View: 340

With the outbreak of World War II, Britain's Royal Navy and her fleet of battleships would be at the forefront of her defence. Yet ten of the 12 battleships were already over 20 years old, having served in World War I, and required extensive modifications to allow them to perform a vital service throughout the six long years of conflict. This title offers a comprehensive review of the development of these British battleships from their initial commissioning to their peacetime modifications and wartime service, with detailed descriptions of the effectiveness of the main armament of individual ships. With specially commissioned artwork and a dramatic re-telling of key battleship conflicts, this book will highlight what it was like on board for the sailors who risked their lives on the high seas.

The Battleship Builders Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships

While broadly true for export battleships, where one company supplied the entire
vessel, it was an over-simpli- fication for ... The British battleship building industry
entered the First World War in good shape, both financially and in terms of its ...

The Battleship Builders Constructing and Arming British Capital Ships

Author: Ian Buxton

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 1848320930

Page: 352

View: 138

The launch in 1606 of HMS Dreadnought, the worlds's first all-big-gun battleship, rendered all existing battle fleets obsolete, but at the same time it wiped out the Royal Navy's numerical advantage, so expensively maintained for decades. Already locked in the same arms race with Germany, Britain urgently needed to build an entirely new battle fleet of these larger, more complex and more costly vessels In this she succeeded spectacularly; in little over a decade fifty such ships were completed, almost exactly double that of what Germany achieved It was only made possible by the companyÍs vast industrial nexus of shipbuilders, engine manufacturers, armament fleets and specialist armour producers, whose contribution to the Grand Feet is too often ignored. This heroic achievement, and how it was done, is the subject of this book. It charts the rise of the large industrial conglomerates that were key to this success, looks at the reaction to fast-moving technical changes, and analyses the politics of funding this vast national effort, both before and beyond the Great War. It also attempts to assess the true cost- and value- of the Grand Fleet in terms of the resources consumed. And finally, by way of contrast, it describes the effects of the post-war recession, industrial contraction, and the very different responses to rearmament in the run up to the Second World War.

The Great Ships

Authoritative study of the battleship in World War II Stirring episodes of naval combat Covers the famous chase after the Bismarck/i>, the sinking of the Scharnhorst, the coastal bombardments on D-Day, and other actions Although naval ...

The Great Ships

Author: Peter Charles Smith

Publisher: Stackpole Books

ISBN: 0811735141

Page: 475

View: 464

Authoritative study of the battleship in World War II Stirring episodes of naval combat Covers the famous chase after the Bismarck/i>, the sinking of the Scharnhorst, the coastal bombardments on D-Day, and other actions Although naval development before World War II focused on aircraft carriers, the British nevertheless had seventy battleships--larger and more powerful than ever before--under construction at the outbreak of the war. Indeed, one of the Allies' first successes came in December 1939 when British ships hunted down and successfully engaged the German Graf Spee off the coast of South America. The war would hasten the battleship's decline, but not before producing dramatic moments at sea.

British Battleships 1919 1945

British battleship designs often take a knock, and lately it has become trendy to
highlight their faults, but this is probably because it is comparatively easy to
analyse a service that has such a long history of battle experience. Most British ...

British Battleships 1919 1945

Author: R A Burt

Publisher: Seaforth Publishing

ISBN: 1848321309

Page: 448

View: 159

This superb reference book achieved the status of ‘classic’ soon after its first publication in 1993; it was soon out of print and is now one of the most sought-after naval reference books. And with good reason. Offering an unprecedented range of descriptive and illustrative detail, the author describes the evolution of the battleship classes through all their modifications and refits. As well as dealing with design features, armour, machinery and power plants and weaponry, he also examines the performance of the ships in battle and analyses their successes and failures; and as well as covering all the RN’s battleships and battlecruisers, he also looks in detail at the aircraft carrier conversions of the WWI battlecruisers Furious, Glorious and Courageous. British Battleships 1919-1939 is a masterpiece of research and the comprehensive text is accompanied by tabular detail and certainly the finest collection of photographs and line drawings ever offered in such a book. For this new edition the author has added some 75 new photographs, many of them having never appeared in print before, and the book has been completely redesigned to fully exploit the superb photo collection. A delight for the historian, enthusiast and ship modeller, it is a volume that is already regarded as an essential reference work for this most significant era in naval history and ship design.

The British Navy for 100 Years

These two Returns each gave a list of all the battleships built and building . If they
looked at the battleships built between the dates of the two Returns , upon the
showing of the Admiralty themselves the British battleships built between these ...

The British Navy for 100 Years

Author: C. McL. McHardy

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 107

View: 599

British Battleships 1914 18 2

In 1906, the Germans began building their own dreadnought fleet armed with larger guns, word of which soon reached the British Admiralty.

British Battleships 1914   18  2

Author: Angus Konstam

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1780961723

Page: 48

View: 469

In 1906, the Germans began building their own dreadnought fleet armed with larger guns, word of which soon reached the British Admiralty. This raised the spectre that the British dreadnought fleet would be outgunned, and prompted the Admiralty to order the building of their own “super dreadnoughts”. The first of these new dreadnoughts were laid down in 1909, and entered service three years later. The British public supported this programme, and the slogan “we want eight and cannot wait” became popular, a reference to the building of eight of these super dreadnoughts. Four more super dreadnoughts entered service in 1914. By then the Admiralty had developed a new programme of “fast battleships”, armed with 15-inch guns. These powerful warships entered service in time to play a part in the battle of Jutland in 1916. World War I broke out before the Royal Navy had fully evaluated these new warships, and so lessons had to be learned through experience – often the hard way. Although none of these super dreadnoughts were lost in battle, their performance at the battle of Jutland led to a re-evaluation of the way they were operated. Still, for four years they denied control of the sea to the enemy, and so played a major part in the final collapse of Imperial Germany.

British Battleships of World War Two

This lavishly-illustrated volume, first published in 1976 and back by popular demand, presents the full story of the design and construction of every British battleship and battlecruiser class that served in World War II--from the Queen ...

British Battleships of World War Two

Author: Alan Raven

Publisher: US Naval Institute Press

ISBN:

Page: 436

View: 344

This lavishly-illustrated volume, first published in 1976 and back by popular demand, presents the full story of the design and construction of every British battleship and battlecruiser class that served in World War II--from the Queen Elizabeth class to the Vanguard. Noted authors Alan Raven and John Roberts include a comperehensive review of each ship's initial configuration and refits as well as developments in weapons, gunnery, fire control, radar, protection, and propulsion. There are also sections devoted to combat actions involving British battleships and comparisons with battleships of other navies. Six hundred photographs and illustrations, including sixteen fold-out pages, complement the authoritative history of the vessels. For other books in the battleship series, see page 26.

The British Admirals of the Fleet 1734 1995

Between January 1908 and January 1910 he was captain of the battleship
Dominion in the Channel fleet. ... A renewed attack on 18 March 1915, with De
Robeck's flag in the battle-cruiser Inflexible, cost one French and two British
battleships.

The British Admirals of the Fleet  1734   1995

Author: T. A. Heathcote

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473812704

Page: 320

View: 598

A companion volume to the same author's "The British Field Marshals 1736–1997", this book outlines the lives of the 115 officers who held the rank of Admiral of the Fleet in the Royal Navy from 1734, when it took its modern form, to 1995, when the last one was appointed. Each entry gives details of the dates of the birth and death of its subjects, their careers ashore and afloat, their family backgrounds, and the ships, campaigns and combats in which they served. Each is placed clearly in its domestic or international political context. The actions recorded include major fleet battles under sail or steam, single-ship duels, encounters with pirates on the Spanish Main and up the rivers of Borneo, the suppression of the Slave Trade (for which the Navy receives little gratitude), landing parties to deal with local dictators and revolutionaries, and the services of naval brigades in China, Egypt and South Africa.

Battleships The First Big Guns

In May 1905, the same month as Tsushima, the British First Sea Lord, Vice-
Admiral Sir John 'Jacky' Fisher, put Britain in the forefront of a battleship
revolution when he authorized construction of the first of an entirely new class of
capital ships, ...

Battleships  The First Big Guns

Author: Philip Kaplan

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473835089

Page: 192

View: 418

This new addition to the Images of War series takes as its focus the early Big Gun battleships that saw development and deployment during the First World War. Iconic ships such as HMS Warspite and Malaya feature amidst this pictorial history that is sure to appeal to fans of the series, and naval enthusiasts in particular. Vessels featured include the battleship Royal Sovereign, the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle, the cruiser HMS Gloucester, the Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Barham and the Italian battleships Littorio, Cesare, Duillo, Vittorio Veneto, Conte di Cavour and Doria, amongst many others. British and international battleships feature side by side in a publication that offers a truly representative selection of the kind of vessels in action at this time.

Battleship Oklahoma BB 37

In February 1917 Germany adopted a policy of unrestricted submarine warfare
on the British Isles. Under this policy any ship found in British waters, regardless
of its nationality would be subject to attack. Shortly thereafter, British intelligence
 ...

Battleship Oklahoma BB 37

Author: Jeff Phister

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806184922

Page: 256

View: 403

On a quiet Sunday morning in 1941, a ship designed to keep the peace was suddenly attacked. This book tells the remarkable story of a battleship, its brave crew, and how their lives were intertwined. Jeff Phister and his coauthors have written the comprehensive history of the USS Oklahoma from its christening in 1914 to its final loss in 1947. Phister tells how the Oklahoma served in World War I, participated in the Great Cruise of 1925, and evacuated refugees from Spain in 1936. But the most memorable event of the ship’s history occurred on December 7, 1941. Phister weaves the personal narratives of surviving crewmen with the necessary technical information to recreate the attack and demonstrate the full scope of its devastation. Captured Japanese photographs and dozens of historic U.S. Navy photographs deepen our understanding of this monumental event. Raised after the attack, the Oklahoma sank again while being towed stateside and now rests on the ocean floor, 540 miles northeast of Oahu. Battleship Oklahoma: BB-37 tells the complete story of a proud ship and her fall through the eyes of those who survived her loss.

Naval Firepower

Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnought Era Norman Friedman ... By
the mid-1920s British battleship designers working on projected ships were
providing sufficient armour for them to fight at a minimum range of 12,000 yards,
as was ...

Naval Firepower

Author: Norman Friedman

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1844681769

Page: 318

View: 143

For more than half a century the big gun was the arbiter of naval power, but it was useless if it could not hit the target fast and hard enough to prevent the enemy doing the same. Because the naval gun platform was itself in motion, finding a 'firing solution' was a significant problem made all the more difficult when gun sizes increased and fighting ranges lengthened and seemingly minor issues like wind velocity had to be factored in. To speed up the process and eliminate human error, navies sought a reliable mechanical calculation. This heavily illustrated book outlines for the first time in layman's terms the complex subject of fire-control, as it dominated battleship and cruiser design from before World War I to the end of the dreadnought era. Covering the directors, range-finders, and electro-mechanical computers invented to solve the problems, America's leading naval analyst explains not only how the technology shaped (and was shaped by) the tactics involved, but analyses their effectiveness in battle. His examination of the controversy surrounding Jutland and the relative merits of competing fire-control systems draws conclusions that will surprise many readers. He also reassesses many other major gun actions, such as the battles between the Royal Navy and the Bismarck and the US Navy actions in the Solomons and at Surigao Strait. All major navies are covered, and the story concludes at the end of World War II with the impact of radar.This is a book that everyone with a more than passing interest in twentieth-century warships will want to read, and nobody professionally involved with naval history can afford to miss.

World War Two at Sea

As the planes approached the German battleship, her gun crews depressed her
main and secondary guns to create huge ... The chase moved into open waters
and the British warships had to begin zigzagging to avoid U-boats that might be ...

World War Two at Sea

Author: Philip Kaplan

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 147383452X

Page: 192

View: 337

The big-gun battleship served as a symbol of the ultimate power of the world's greatest navies beginning late in the nineteenth century and continuing into the Second World War. So historically important was this vessel that the arms race between Britain and Germany to build navies with larger, more powerful battleships was among the key sources of tension between those nations in the lead up to the First World War.In this book, veteran battleship crew members describe their unforgettable experiences, including those of a young officer in a British battleship at Jutland; tales of the loss of the German warship Scharnhorst in the arctic off the North Cape; the combat experience inside a sixteen-inch gun turret aboard an Iowa-class battleship bombarding Iraq during the Gulf War, and the adventures of HMS Warspite in World War One, in the Mediterranean and on her way to the breaker's yard in 1947. Included too is the story of the great German battleship Bismarck, which sank the pride of the British fleet, the story of HMS Hood, and that of the USS Missouri on whose deck the final surrender document of the Second World War was signed. The text is combined with a compelling selection of historic images representing the era of the great battleships from the early years through the First and Second World Wars, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and the preservation of a handful of these vessels as museum pieces today.

British Battleships 1892 1957

A long - range duel with heavy guns resulted in the Italian battleship Cesare
being hit , upon which the enemy turned away under cover of a smoke screen .
Although there were three British battleships to two Italian , the Malaya did not get
 ...

British Battleships  1892 1957

Author: Randolph Pears

Publisher: Godfrey Cave Associates

ISBN:

Page: 201

View: 793

The A to Z of World War II

... British battleship Prince of Wales and heavy cruiser Repulse in the South
China Sea. Although the United States eventually returned to service all but three
of its damaged battleships and assigned newly commissioned vessels to the
Pacific, ...

The A to Z of World War II

Author: Anne Sharp Wells

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 0810870266

Page: 494

View: 668

The A to Z of World War II: The War Against Japan traces the brutal conflict from Japan's seizure of Chinese territory in 1931, through the onset of war with the Western Allies in 1941, to the use of atomic weapons by the United States in 1945. It also addresses the aftermath of the war, including the formation of the United Nations and the American occupation of Japan. As the first of two volumes covering World War II, this volume concentrates on the war in Asia and the Pacific so the user benefits from the comprehensive explanations of the people, places, and events that shaped much of that region's 20th-century history.