British, Soviet, French and Dutch Battleships of World War II by William H. Garzke, Jr. & Robert O. Dulin

British, Soviet, French and Dutch Battleships of World War II by William H. Garzke, Jr. & Robert O. Dulin soon to be presented for sale on the super BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Jane’s Publishing Company Limited, 1980, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Tables; Illustrated endpapers and blanks; Plans [Some Fold-Outs];

From the cover: Although there is already an extensive body of literature H on the histories of the battleships and battlecruisers built by Great Britain, France, the Netherlands, and the Soviet Union, their physical characteristics have received insufficient attention, and some of that is contradictory. This is the first book devoted entirely to describing the ships from the standpoint of their design, development, and construction.

The authors have subjected these noteworthy ships to a thorough analysis and have provided complete plans, as well as extensive data on their characteristics and performance. They provide a detailed operational history of each ship, in which they examine every event that might have a bearing on the adequacy of her design and her ability to resist damage. All the facts and conclusions presented are founded on authoritative, and frequently official, source material, some of which has never before been published.

Following an introductory overview of capital-ship design and development, each chapter contains a comprehensive discussion and analysis of a major class of Allied battleship. The first two descriptive chapters deal with the French Dunkerque and Richelieu classes, and include the first published accounts of their design as well as detail on the damage they incurred in North Africa f after the surrender of the French.

In chapter four the authors shed new light on the thinking behind the Netherlands-Design 1047. They then move on to the British King George V class, a chapter that is bound to capture the interest of every World War II navy buff because it analyzes the British engagement with the great German battleship Bismarck. It contains the first published photographs and line drawings of the shell damage sustained by the Prince of Wales in her action against the Bismarck as well as new data that explain her later loss at the hands of the Japanese. The chapters on the Lion and Vanguard classes tell what lessons the British learned from their loss of the Prince of Wales and how they modified their ships accordingly to avoid further losses.

The closing chapters deal with Soviet capital ships and are particularly interesting because they expose the Soviet Unions dire need of ships at the outbreak of World War II. Before 1937 most Russian warships were based on European designs, especially Italian. When Italy and Spain joined the Axis powers, the Soviet Union was left with old ships and little time and technology to build new ones. None of the battleships of the Sovetskii Soyuz class was ever completed, but the authors have nevertheless managed to acquire photographs, plans, and technical data not only on those that were partially constructed but on those that did not get beyond the planning stages.

In producing the line drawings for this book, Thomas G. Webb has succeeded in achieving a remarkable degree of accuracy. His outboard profiles and overhead views are the result of meticulous and diligent study of literally scores of photographs. A vast collection of blueprints was examined to ensure the reliability of information concerning armour, structural configuration, and hull form. These drawings are without equal.

British, Soviet, French, and Dutch Battleships of World War II, the second of a proposed three-volume work covering all battleships completed, laid down, and even projected since 1930, is an achievement of the highest order. It will long be the primary source for anyone interested in any facet of Allied battleship design and construction.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper very slightly rubbed at the edges with a hint of fading to the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Silver titling to the Spine. [XI] 391 pages. Index. 11¼” x 9¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I draw your attention to more books hither or maybe further, hand picked, books in my Military Naval catalogue?

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