King George V-class Battleships

Author(s): Daniel Knowles

ISBN: 9781781558393
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A comprehensive and illustrated account of the King George V-class battleship from the drawing board to some of the greatest clashes.
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  • The ships that sank the Bismarck and Scharnhorst

  • HMS King George V – the last British battleship to fire her guns in anger

  • The complete history of Britain’s last classes of battleship

  • Beautifully illustrated with many rare and unpublished photographs

  • A must-have for military and historians, enthusiasts, modellers, gamers, and those interested in the complexities of naval warfare during the Second World War


Following the First World War, the major naval powers entered into agreements restricting the construction and number of capital ships.

By the late 1920s, the Royal Navy’s battle fleet was comprised of the two ships of the Nelson-class, the battlecruisers Hood, Renown and Repulse, as well as the Revenge- and Queen Elizabeth-classes, ships that were largely designed before the First World War.

In 1935, with the realisation that its battle fleet was becoming dated, the Royal Navy recommenced planning capital ships within inter-war treaty limitations. The result was the King George V-class battleship.

Regarded by some as the worst of the new generation of battleships, the King George V-class were Britain’s most modern battleship during the Second World War and saw action in famous engagements such as the sinking of the Bismarck and Scharnhorst to the surrender of Japan.

King George V-class Battleships charts the story of the King George V-class from their conception and design through to the operational history of the ships in the class.


BOOK ISBN 9781781558393
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 400 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 26 May 2022
TERRITORY World
ILLUSTRATIONS 203 black-and-white and 30 colour

 

 





Born in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1995, Daniel Knowles has been interested in history from a young age. The main focus of his historical interest is the Second World War. In July 2016, he graduated with an Honours degree in History and Politics from the University of Northumbria. His university dissertation was written on the changing perceptions to the wartime role played by RAF Bomber Command.

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