Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ

Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ

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Battleships, The by Johnston & McAuley As seen on the history channel w/ DJ
 
The Battleships (as seen on The History Channel)
By Ian Johnston and Rob McAuley
Hard Cover with Dust Jacket
192 pages
Copyright 2000

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Acknowledgements6
Foreword8
Symbols of Supremacy10
Sail to Steam - Wood to Steel24
Sea Lanes to Power36
Enter the Dreadnought52
Battleships Go Global64
Empires in Collision78
The Battle of Jutland90
The Ultimate Battleships108
The Supreme Challenge124
From Bismarck to Pearl Harbor136
Sea-power versus Air-power158
End of the Behemoths172
Glossary186
Index   187
Further Reading191

INTRODUCTION
Before the nuclear bomb, no weapon on earth had evoked so much fear, veneration and passion as the battleship. In destructive power it had no equal. The Battleships unveils the epic saga of power, international politics, and one-upmanship that led to the titanic wars of the twentieth century. It is a story involving rulers, war lords and admirals who all became intoxicated by the grandeur, majesty and sheer power of these floating fortresses.
Enriched with eye-witness accounts and contributions from naval experts around the globe, The Battleships explores the rapid evolution of firepower and battleship design from canvas to steam, timber to steel, muzzle-loading cannon to 18-inch guns, and beyond, to rocket launchers and missiles. As the spearhead of colonial expansion and in defence of the great empires the battleship reigned supreme, and in the wake of World War I Germany, France, Italy, Japan and the US competed in an arms race which focused on building maritime muscle.
It was a reign, however, that could not offset the technological advancements taking place in the way wars were fought. In the face of submarines and air warfare, the battleship would have to fight to prove itself an effective weapon. Crippling defeats during World War II, such as the loss of the famous British ship Hood and all but three of its crew by the guns of the German ship Bismarck and the destruction wrought by a Japanese air attack on the US fleet in Pearl Harbor, were turning points for the battleship. With the major powers rethinking their arsenals, only the four US Iowa Class battleships would survive to play a significant role in the wars of the latter part of the twentieth century.
Probing the evolution, deployment and effectiveness of one of the most controversial weapons ever created, The Battleships explores the momentous role they played in shaping the modern world.

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