Raven, Alan. & Roberts, John.


1st.ed., 1975. 52 pp, profusely illustrated with photographs & plans ; large cold. fldg. centre-spread. Pict. c.c. 25 x 20cm. FINE. The authors examine the design, construction, armament, camouflage schemes and careers of the British battleships of the Queen Elizabeth class. These ships generally conformed to the line of development of the pre-1914 dreadnoughts and the five ships of the class fought in both world wars : QUEEN ELIZABETH, BARHAM, MALAYA, VALIANT & WARSPITE. All except QUEEN ELIZABETH fought at Jutland, and WARSPITE had no less than 14 battle honours to her name : Jutland 1916, Atlantic 1939, Narvik 1940, Norway 1940, Calabria 1940, Malta Convoys 1941, Matapan 1941, Crete 1941, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, Normandy 1944, Walcheren 1944, Biscay 1944, and Mediterranean 1940-43. All survived both wars except BARHAM which was torpedoed and sunk in 1941. FINE copy.

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