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The Royal Navy and the Capital Ship in the Interwar Period : An Operational Perspective - Joseph Moretz

The Royal Navy and the Capital Ship in the Interwar Period

An Operational Perspective

Hardcover Published: 1st January 2002
ISBN: 9780714651965
Number Of Pages: 292

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Joseph Moretz's innovative work focuses on what battleships actually did in the inter-war years and what its designed war role in fact was. In doing so, the book tells us much about British naval policy and planning of the time. br This book reviews the role of the battleship in the Royal Navy during the 1919-39 period. It offers fresh insights into why the capital ship was deemed central to British naval planning even late in that era. br Drawing heavily on official Admiralty records and private papers of leading officers, the author examines the navy's operational experience and the evolution of its tactical doctrine during the interwar period. He argues that operational experience, combined with assumptions about the nature of a future naval war, were more important in keeping the battleship afloat than conservatism in Navy. br The author studies the many strategic threats facing the Royal Navy at this time and the differing approaches the Navy adopted to counter these, using the battleship. He concludes that previous historians, in neglecting the tactical and operational experience of the Royal Navy, and with full knowledge of the World War II, have painted a distorted picture of the place of the battleship between the two world wars.

List of Illustrationsp. vi
Series Editor's Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgementsp. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Introduction: The Postwar Capital Ship Controversyp. xiii
The Experience of the Late Warp. 1
Imperial Naval Policy and the Capital Ship Controversyp. 32
The Influence of Arms Control and the Treasury on the Interwar Royal Navyp. 65
The Evolution of the Capital Shipp. 103
British Interwar Naval Strategyp. 150
The Operational Employment of the Capital Shipp. 179
The Development of Battlefleet Tacticsp. 211
Reconsiderationp. 252
Appendices
Naval Estimates of the Periodp. 256
Areas of Royal Navy Operational Employment during the Interwar Erap. 258
Areas of Capital Ship Active Service Employment during the Interwar Erap. 259
Significant Capital Ship Visits of the Interwar Erap. 260
Offensive Chemical Warfare in the Royal Navyp. 262
Heavy Ship Gunnery Problems Investigated, 1919-39p. 265
Bibliographyp. 267
Indexp. 283
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ISBN: 9780714651965
ISBN-10: 0714651966
Series: Naval Policy & History
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 292
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.15  x 2.92
Weight (kg): 0.63
Edition Number: 1