This book, first published in 1982, brings together for the first time accounts of the fates of some of those extinct monsters of the seas – the battleships. It catalogues the sinkings of major ships from the Italian Re d’Italia in 1866 to the end of the battleship era and the rise of the carriers in World War II. The result is a valuable contribution to naval history as navies moved from the age of sail to the present day.
Table of Contents
1. Yamato, the Last of the Many, 1945 2. The Ram, Lissa, 1866 3. Mr Whitehead’s Daughters 4. ‘Remember the Maine!’ 5. Three Flagships 6. Internal Explosion 7. The Guns of Jutland 8. The Battle of the Adriatic 9. Fifteen Battleships Sunk in an Afternoon by Mistake 10. The Coastal Motor Boats at Kronstadt, 1919 11. ‘What a Wonderful Feat of Arms!’ 12. The Coming of the Carrier 13. Hood and Bismark, 1941 14. ‘Air Attack on Pearl Harbor. This is No Drill.’ 15. Prince of Wales and Repulse, 1941