Encyclopedia of Battleships by Marcene Colburn

By Marcene Colburn

This booklet is an entire Encyclopedia of Battleships.

".......Battleships have been a logo of naval dominance and nationwide may possibly, and for many years the battleship used to be a significant factor in either international relations and army approach. the worldwide fingers
race in battleship building starting within the overdue nineteenth century and exacerbated via
Dreadnought used to be one of many explanations of global battle I, which observed a conflict of enormous conflict
fleets on the conflict of Jutland. The Naval Treaties of the Twenties and Nineteen Thirties constrained the
number of battleships yet didn't finish the evolution of layout. either the Allies and the
Axis Powers deployed battleships of previous development and new in the course of global conflict II...."

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Narbeth, submitted an alternative drawing showing an armament of twelve 12-inch guns, but the Admiralty was not prepared to accept this. Part of the rationale for the decision to retain mixed-caliber guns was the need to begin the building of the ships quickly because of the tense situation produced by the RussoJapanese War. 2inch (234 mm) or 10-inch (254 mm) caliber improved the striking power of a battleship, particularly at longer ranges. However, uniform heavy-gun armament offered many other advantages.

Navy adopted what was formally called "all or nothing" armor in the Standard type battleships, starting with the Nevada class laid down in 1912. The "all or nothing" concept avoided light or moderate thicknesses of armor: armor was used in the greatest practicable thickness or not at all, thereby providing "either total or negligible protection". Compared to previous armoring systems, "all or nothing" ships had thicker armor covering a smaller proportion of the hull. "All or nothing" armor was adopted by other navies after the First World War, beginning with the Royal Navy in its Nelson class.

The Russo-Japanese War of 1904–05 was a disaster for the Russian pre-dreadnoughts; of the 15 battleships completed since Petropavlovsk, eleven were sunk or captured during the war. One of these, the famous Potemkin mutinied and was scuttled, however she was raised and recommissioned. After the war, Russia completed four more pre-dreadnoughts after 1905. Between 1893 and 1904, Italy laid down eight battleships; the later two classes of ship were remarkably fast, though the Regina Margherita class was poorly protected and the Regina Elena class lightly armed.

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