1st.Eng.ed., 1973. 480 pp, 922 drawings. D.j. 25 x 22cm. Nr.FINE. First published in Germany, this comprehensive study of battleships and battle-cruisers and their development is the result of two decades of research. Descriptions of every ship whether they were taken into service, remained uncompleted, or only reached the drawing board stage, are given in detail. These cover the ships of Great Britain, United States, Germany, Brazil, Spain Japan, Italy, Russia/Soviet Union, Argentina, Austro-Hungary, France, Turkey, Chile, Greece, Netherlands, Yugoslavia, Portugal, and Poland – in that order. The characteristic features of every vessel are described in great detail and much of the information was hitherto unknown or unavailable. The 922 drawings are extremely detailed and accurate and add to the overall reference value of the book which records the rise and fall of the great capital ships of two World Wars.