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By Angus Konstam

The release of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 replaced the face of naval struggle. This innovative new battleship was once in a league of her personal, in a position to taking up any "pre-dreadnought" battleships in a directly struggle. A naval palms race among Britain and Germany, as either nations hurriedly outfitted a fleet of those robust new warships. This race led inexorably to the outbreak of an international battle. in the course of global battle I those dreadnoughts shaped the spine of the British Grand Fleet. In may well 1916, those battleships positioned to sea to intercept their opposite numbers within the German excessive Seas fleet. the end result was once the conflict of Jutland, a bruising high-stakes come across the place the layout and building of Britain's innovative new battleships used to be positioned to the attempt. the 1st half-dozen dreadnoughts have been all advancements of the elemental Dreadnought layout, all wearing ten 12-inch weapons. It used to be in basic terms in 1911, with the release of HMS Neptune that the structure of this strong armament was once altered due to useful event. extra types of the Neptune entered provider later that very same yr. those 9 superior dreadnoughts shaped the middle of the British excessive Seas Fleet. they'd quickly, notwithstanding, be outclassed via a brand new breed of "super dreadnoughts", the topic of the second one quantity during this two-part tale. whereas those new battleships carried greater 13.5-inch weapons, they proved much less profitable as all-round battleships than their extra lightly-armed predecessors. Naval architects have been slowly studying that with sleek battleships, layout concerned a compromise among firepower, security and velocity. One final 12-inch gun dreadnought entered provider in 1914, while a seven turret battleship being outfitted for the Turks used to be commandeered by way of the Royal military, and re-named HMS Agincourt. This New forefront name, the 1st of 2 masking those well-known warships will discover the whole tale of the British battleships of global conflict I. The booklet will examine their progressive layout, the 12-inch weapons that supplied them with their firepower, and how those weapons have been fired in anger.

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