Arms & Armour Press, 3rd imp., 1981. 436 pp., over 600 photographs & detailed plans (incl. 16 fold-outs & 4 cold.). D.j., 25 x 25cm. FINE. First published in 1976, this is a highly detailed study of the design, construction and history of the Royal Navy's battleships and battlecruisers from the Queen Elizabeth class of 1911 to the VANGUARD of 1946. Includes details of refits and re-constructions, effects of war experience on design and materiel, an account of projected designs up to and including the modified Lion class of 1945 and concluding with an evaluation of their service and a comparison with foreign contemporaries. Lavishly illustrated with more than 600 photographs and accurate plans and elevations ' including 16, fold-out pages and 4 pages in colour ' a good deal of the contents of this book are published here for the first time. Other features include a comprehensive review of weapons, gunnery, fire-control, radar, protection and propulsion. FINE copy.