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- March 2001 edition of the Naval Historical Review (all rights reserved)
Title: Nelson to Vanguard, Warship Design and Development 1923-1945
Author: D.K. Brown
Publisher: Chatham Publishing
Nelson to Vanguard, Warship Design and Development 1923-1945 is the final volume in a three set publication by highly regarded naval historian D.K. Brown. His earlier works included Warrior to Dreadnought: Warship Development 1860-1905 and The Grand Fleet: Warship Design and Development 1906-1922.
Throughout the entire series David Brown has taken the reader on a very interesting and informative description of the technical development of the British warship, from the first ironclad, HMS Warrior in 1860. The latest volume examines the full range of warships, from the mighty battleships to the small corvettes, early submarines and even coastal forces.
One most pleasing aspect of all three books is the way in which the information is presented, in a very well written and easily understood fashion, despite the very technical nature of the subjects. For the 1923-1945 volume, David Brown takes the reader on a tour of the Royal Navy, and some Commonwealth warships, from the time of the Washington Naval Treaty to the close of the Second World War. Each chapter is devoted to a particular ship type and within that, the ship or class described in a chronological format.
The illustrations contained within the covers are a wonderful collection from both official and private sources, with almost all classes or types highlighted.
Nelson to Vanguard is highly recommended to all readers.. It is available from most large bookshop chains in Australia.