Book Review-‘The Last British Battleship: HMS ‘Vanguard’ 1946–1960 ‘by R. A. Burt

By Aidan Dodson, published October 2020


This book is in many ways an ‘appendix’ to the same author’s series of volumes on British battleships, originally published by Arms and Armour Press from 1985, and redesigned, reprinted and on occasion to a degree retitled in more recent years by Seaforth. Reviewers of the book which appeared as British Battleships 1919–1945 in 2013 wondered why Vanguard, laid down in 1941 and launched in 1944, was not included, although the clue lay in the fact that the (essentially unchanged) text had originally been published as British Battleships 1919–1939 in 1993 (the retitling being presumably for marketing purposes), which included the King George V class, but not, of course, Vanguard. Burt had, however, been planning a standalone book on Vanguard, the writing of which, as he notes in his foreword, had been begun in the early 1990s, but then laid aside until 2018, when he was cajoled into completing it.

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Subjects include: Shipbuilding & Design

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