The battleship reigned supreme at sea from the 1860s to the 1940s, the ultimate symbol of naval power and national pride, queen on the naval chessboard.
This book describes its evolution from the wooden man-
At the same time the author explains how strategy and battle tactics changed in response
to the mounting of ever larger guns with greater range and penetrative power, and
the development of threatening new weapon systems, particularly torpedoes, torpedo
boats, mines and submarines; and he explores the chilling reality of action with
vivid descriptions of major naval battles including the Yalu in the first Sino-
The pioneer naval architects and engineers and the commanders who fought these great ships in action, Togo, Jellicoe, Beatty, Scheer, Hipper, Cunningham, Lee, Oldendorf find their way naturally into this absorbing, often horrifying history of what was once the arbiter of naval power.
‘Well written and balanced in judgement and makes good use of the primary printed material in the Naval Library… Above all it deserves particular attention for its author’s specialised knowledge of the development of naval gunnery and fire control.’
Times Literary Supplement
‘The Battleship Era will enhance the author’s reputation as an authority on naval affairs. It describes the evolution, use and eclipse of the battleship.’
‘With crisp scholarship, Peter Padfield traces the development of the battleship from sailing ships much like Nelson’s which had been fitted with auxiliary steam engines and had iron armour hung on their sides, to the ultimate: the Japanese battleship, Yamato, a giant of more than 70,000 tons firing 18 inch shells more than 20 miles.’
Books and Bookmen
‘A fascinating documentary account of particular interest to the armchair strategist.’
‘A worthy addition to anyone’s library that wishes to learn more of the rise and fall of the battleship.’
Good Book Guide