British Warships of the Second World War

British Warships of the Second World War

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British Warships of the Second World War: detailed in the original builders' plans by John Roberts.

The Ships' Plan collection at the National Maritime Museum is one of the world's largest technical archives, containing hundreds of thousands of original shipbuilders' drawings. 

This volume reproduces a representative selection of these, covering all the main types of warship with which the Royal Navy fought the Second World War - from battleships and aircraft carriers, through cruisers, destroyers, submarines and escorts, to examples of the vast array of new specialised types required for that conflict. 

Concentrated on 'as fitted' draughts which show the vessels as they actually entered service - with the majority reproduced for the first time in full colour - this book offers an unprecedented wealth of detail on some of the most famous warships of their day. It also shows how equipment and fittings were modified over time, since many of the plans are annotated with 'alterations & additions'. An accompanying text and lengthy captions by one of the acknowledged experts in the field provides insight into the warship design process itself, and explains for the benefit of ship modellers and technical historians which type of plan contain the most valuable information. 

With all the drawings reproduced as large as possible - including one spectacular four-page double gatefold - British Warships of the Second World War is a unique visual record of naval shipbuilding at the zenith of its achievement.


Format: Hardback, 176 pages

Dimensions: 24.3 x 29.5 x 1.1cm

Publisher: Seaforth

ISBN: 978-1-4738-9068-8



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