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By Peter Padfield

‘Well written and balanced in judgement and makes sturdy use of the first revealed fabric within the Naval Library… exceptionally it merits specific realization for its author’s specialized wisdom of the improvement of naval gunnery and hearth control.’
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‘The Battleship period will increase the author’s acceptance as an expert on naval affairs. It describes the evolution, use and eclipse of the battleship.’
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‘With crisp scholarship, Peter Padfield lines the advance of the battleship from crusing ships very like Nelson’s which have been equipped with auxiliary steam engines and had iron armour held on their aspects, to the last word: the japanese battleship, Yamato, a huge of greater than 70,000 plenty firing 18 inch shells greater than 20 miles.’
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‘A interesting documentary account of specific curiosity to the armchair strategist.’
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‘A helpful addition to anyone’s library that wants to benefit extra of the increase and fall of the battleship.’
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The battleship reigned ideally suited at sea from the 1860s to the Forties, the final word image of naval strength and nationwide delight, queen at the naval chessboard.

This e-book describes its evolution from the wood man-of-war plated with iron armour to the nice metal leviathan of the second one global struggle, and its final displacement as arbiter of naval strength by means of the airplane service.

while the writer explains how method and conflict strategies replaced in keeping with the mounting of ever better weapons with larger diversity and penetrative energy, and the advance of threatening new weapon platforms, quite torpedoes, torpedo boats, mines and submarines; and he explores the chilling fact of motion with shiny descriptions of significant naval battles together with the Yalu within the first Sino-Japanese struggle, Tsushima within the Russo-Japanese struggle, Jutland within the First international conflict and lots of lesser identified engagements.

The pioneer naval architects and engineers and the commanders who fought those nice ships in motion, Togo, Jellicoe, Beatty, Scheer, Hipper, Cunningham, Lee, Oldendorf locate their method clearly into this soaking up, usually scary background of what used to be the arbiter of naval energy.

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And had signals intelligence been passed to Jellicoe in usable form during the night of 31 May 1916, the result off Jutland would have been very different. But that, again, is straying into forbidden territory.  . Peter Padfield, Woodbridge, May 2000 1 The Sailing Navy The sea is a wide road to all countries with coastline or navigable rivers; this is the great theme. From the earliest times it has been a road offering enormous economies to merchants who adventured upon it. Far less horsepower was needed to part water before a ship's prow than to turn wheels over rough country, and as there were few limits to sea tracks the free wind could be sought wherever it blew, and harnessed.

I am also grateful to Mr Martin Holbrook for his splendid line diagrams. I should also like to thank Lord Fisher, DSO, for permission to quote from his grandfather's letters, Lord Beatty, DSC, for permission to quote from his father's letter, Admiral Sir Desmond Dreyer, GCB, DSC, for permission to quote from his father's autobiography, The Sea Heritage, and Lt Cdr W. B. Harvey and the Editor of Navy for permission to quote from his very evocative reminiscences, 'Broadside Mess', published in Navy.

In order to take full advantage Jellicoe and his gunnery officer, Lieutenant Dreyer, collaborated on a fire control system employing separate range and bearing plots of the enemy – as distinct from integrating both range and bearing in a 'true plot' of the enemy as Arthur Pollen proposed. The ranges obtained by rangefinders were fed into a 'Range-rate Clock', which generated a rate of change of range (see fuller description in the chapter on fire control); if this fell out of step with the reported ranges it was 'tuned' to the observed range.

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