Dreadnoughts and Super-Dreadnoughts

Chris McNab

A heavily illustrated account of the evolution, design and deployment of dreadnought battleships.
Date Published :
December 2021
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Series :
Casemate Illustrated Special
Illustration :
Over 200 photographs, diagrams and artwork
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636240862
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 10 X 8 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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A heavily illustrated account of the evolution, design and deployment of dreadnought battleships.

When HMS Dreadnought was commissioned into the Royal Navy in 1906 this revolutionary new class of big-gun iron-clad warship immediately changed the face of naval warfare, rendering all other battleships worldwide obsolete. The Admiralty realized that as soon as the ship was revealed to the global naval community Britain would be a in race to stay ahead, and so the first dreadnoughts were built in record time. While there were those who regarded the vessel as a triumphant revolution in naval design, the dreadnought initially had its critics, including those who thought its slower, heavier guns left it vulnerable to the secondary armament of other warships. Nevertheless, other countries, notably Germany, and the United States soon began to lay down dreadnoughts. The culmination of this arms race would be the confrontation of the British and German fleets at the Battle of Jutland in May 1916 – the greatest clash of naval firepower in history. This book gives detailed insights into the design, operation and combat history of these incredible vessels.

About The Author

Dr Chris McNab is an author and historian, his principal subject areas being military history and military technology. He has written more than 100 non-fiction titles, including many Casemate pocket manuals relating to World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War. Chris has appeared in several TV documentaries as an expert commentator, and he also works as an educational consultant, specializing in the development of textbooks and teaching materials.


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"This book covers [the] design, technology, crew life and operational history of these ships, with numerous design drawings, original art and photographs that capture the awe held for these ships."

- Seapower

"...even experienced readers of books about battleships will learn a good deal from examining this volume."

- Naval Historical Foundation

"The history of the dreadnought is well told this extensively illustrated volume. The book con­tains more than 200 illustration, technical draw­ings, and photographs of various ships and their equipment, armament, and crews."

- Military Heritage Magazine

"​Highly recommended."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"Fascinating minutiae liberally spice this ripping read...Recommended!"

- Cybermodeler

"...offers a spectacular analysis for those with a more than passing interest of the big ships of WWI."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"...you are provided a mass of photos, including some of preserved ships along with a fair number of illustrations and tables to help explain the development of these ships and major systems."

- ModelingMadness.Com

"Author Chris McNab puts forth a splendid effort to let the reader understand just what life was like aboard a warship in choppy seas sailing to its fate at the Battle of Jutland. Some of the photography is simply superb. The description of ranks, personnel, their respective duties and the role of the dreadnought in World War I is engaging and thorough."

- Indy Squadron Dispatch

"...offers an overview of a time of rapid, tumultuous change in naval technology."

- Nautical Research Journal

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