Book Review-‘Warship Builders: An industrial history of naval shipbuilding, 1922–1945’ by T. Heinrich

By Evan Mawdsley, published May 2021

Abstract

This wide-ranging book straddles a range of topics. It will be useful to informed general readers interested in warships and shipbuilding, as well as to economic historians considering the role of the state in wartime. The title (and subtitle) might have been more specific, as much the largest part of the book is about American warship builders. The book does, however, provide valuable and well-informed comparisons with naval shipbuilding policy, organization and practices in Britain, Japan and Germany. In terms of shipbuilding for the US Navy the emphasis here is on the more technically advanced and powerful vessels, that is, battleships, heavy and light aircraft carriers, cruisers, destroyers, and submarines. This is very ambitious subject in itself; an additional book would be required to cover the vast production of other, second-line, warships built in America for the US Navy (and for the Royal Navy): emergency cargo ships, landing vessels, escort aircraft carriers, and small escort ships…

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Filed under: Interwar | WW2
Subjects include: Navies | Shipbuilding & Design | Weapons

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