Barnsley, 1st thus, 2009. 217 pp., 52 photo-plates. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. First published in 1988, this book tells the story of the battleship ROYAL SOVEREIGN (which first saw service during World War I) and her sisters, REVENGE, RAMILLIES, RESOLUTION and ROYAL OAK The ROYAL OAK met an early and tragic end in Scapa Flow in 1939, but ROYAL SOVEREIGN and her remaining sisters proved to be lucky ships and survived the actions they each fought in. ROYAL SOVEREIGN herself battled her way through Atlantic convoy duty, the war in the Mediterranean including the Battle of Calabria, service in the Indian Ocean and off the coast of West Africa, etc. In 1944 she was loaned to the Soviet Navy and grudgingly returned in 1949 only to be sent to the breakers. The class played a full part at Norway, bombarding the German invasion fleet in the Channel ; at the occupation of Madagascar and at Normandy. With the aid of many men who sailed in this battleship, the author reconstructs her career and that of her sisters.