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  • The World of the Battleship

    I just finished this book from the Naval Institute Press. While not cheap ($50), it has provided me with many hours of reading. It has a 12-30 page chapter on each ship. Since it starts with 1880, it includes some predreadnoughts. It has one ship from each country so it delves into ships that you otherwise wouldn't hear about. All the European powers are included, along with the US, Japan, Scandinavia and the ABC navies, along with minor powers. Some of the ships chosen are obvious--Hood, Missouri but others aren't--Scharnhorst, Nagato, Slava. Each chapter talks about the geopolitical reasons the ship was built, the building process, and also the operational history. Surprisingly, it also talks about life on board, from both the wardroom and mess deck perspective. All in all, a very worthwhile book if you like the "big guns".
    https://www.amazon.com/World-Battles...s%2C178&sr=8-1

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    I’ll check it out.

    I want to narrow down and focus on a few battle ships so I may add them to the list. I’m interested in the pre-dreadnought era and the Japanese battleships in WW2.
    "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
    Ernest Hemingway.

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    • #3
      It does one battleship from each country(21 countries) .
      The only pre-dreadnoughts are Chen Yuen (China) Garibaldi (Argentina) Iena (France) and Slava (Russia).
      The book had some interesting insights. Brazil ordered theirs without training enough specialists to man it. Hood was never rebuilt because, since it was the symbol of British might, it had to constantly "show the flag" in the late 30's. Many navies with severe class distinctions had problems with mutinies.
      Last edited by johns624; 15 Feb 20, 17:53.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by johns624 View Post
        . Hood was never rebuilt because, since it was the symbol of British might, it had to constantly "show the flag" in the late 30's. Many navies with severe class distinctions had problems with mutinies.
        Although considered a Battlecruiser, not a battleship

        I'd have thought Queen Elizabeth or KGV would be better candidates than the one-off Hood

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        • #5
          I would've liked to have seen the Rodney...but that's just me liking the offbeat.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by johns624 View Post
            I would've liked to have seen the Rodney...but that's just me liking the offbeat.
            No Rodney? I guess compromises have to be made for editing but that class just seems so synonymous, imho.
            "In modern war... you will die like a dog for no good reason."
            Ernest Hemingway.

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