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Hough, Richard, 1922-1999.

Hough, Richard, 1922-1999. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Richard Hough's "Dreadnought" is a definitive history of the dreadnought battleship from the design & construction of HMS DREADNOUGHT through to the battleships constructed and designed at the end of WWII. The book is a great read and details the impact of the namesake ship on the navies of the world and the arms race it initiated; culminating in WWI. This book is a good companion to the other "DREADNOUGHT" by historian Robert Massie; focused on that impact that the ship had on the path to WWI. Get them both.

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The battleship era began with the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 and ended when air power became the .

The battleship era began with the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 and ended when air power became the dominant force. Many battleships remain household names and the losses of the Hood, Bismarck, Yamato and Arizona still echo through the decades because of their fascinating stories. Categories: History\Military History. Издательство: Periscope Publishing.

It is an irritation in a pretty standard description of this widely studied ship class. It is an irritation in a pretty standard description of this widely studied ship class.

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The Great War at Sea: 1914-1918. Author: Richard Hough. The history of the First World War is dominated by the monumental battles of Northern France. But the Great War was fought at sea as well as on land. The narrative follows the race to war, including the construction of the Dreadnought, the biggest, fastest, most heavily gunned battleship in the world; and against the backdrop of feuds, scheming, and personality clashes at the Admiralty, examines the triumphs and tragedies of the great battles and campaigns. Could the appalling losses have been avoided during the Dardanelles?

The modern battleship era began with the launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906. Battleships were the biggest and most complicated things built by human hand and they became symbols of national prestige. Despite their crippling costs, these mighty ships were built by many of the world's navies and many remain household names. The losses of the Hood, Bismarck, Yamato and Arizona still echo through the decades because of their fascinating stories. The era of the dreadnought lasted little more than 40 years. By then, these majestic warriors of the sea were overshadowed by the dominance of air power. A few lingered on, but the golden age of the battleship was over. Naval authors, Richard Hough, has written this history of the dreadnoughts illustrated with photos and drawings which should also be useful as a reference source as well as a history of the "big-gun" era.

I would have liked to give this kindle version a 3 star rating but compared to the 4 star print version I can't.

I had acquired my print version of this classic work some 40 years ago and the binding has deteriorated with time and use so I no longer open it for casual use, thus a desire for the e-version.

Other reviewers have noted a lack of illustrations and this work without its illustrations and photos is like viewing the Metropolitan museum of art at midnight with only a small candle for illumination. The description of the thought genesis of what was to be called the dreadnought battleship is much better with the line drawing of the various proposals and the period photos.
The worst deletion is the index of all dreadnought ships, in country and calendar order, with the prime statistics and Deckplan line drawings.

If, like me, you have an unabridged print version the the price is cheap enough to do some re-reading but otherwise give it a pass. A version with everything restored would be invaluable at 3-4times the cost of this version but much too much is missing here.

I recommend that any student of battleship history acquire the print edition for both the commentary and the clarity that its illustrations bring.
I purchased this book as a follow-up reference because my personal hobby is the study of WW1, it's causes, and consequences. This book details the truly stupendous advances that were all crammed into this one ship. The changes were so radical: fuel oil powered turbine engines; all BIG guns; consolidated director fire; and extended and enhanced armor, to name a few that it made all pre-Dreadnaught Battleships instantly obsolete.

This is not to say that the ship was perfection itself. It had many critical design flaws that were corrected in future warships. Most aren't mentioned here, but here are a few: the top level spotting house was on a mast placed after the smokestack; the ship did not have total firewall sealing between the gun house, the ready room, and the magazine; the gun platforms were placed in such a way that all of the BIG guns could not be fired at a target at the same time. Additionally, one other problem that was only fixed after Jutland in newer ships was cable placement. Cables & lines were strung overhead in corridors. When a ship took fire and was damaged, these would break, or melt, leaving the corridor they were in unusable for traverse/escape. The fix was to string these lines overhead, but along a side of the corridor.

PS. In battle, Dreadnought had only one confirmed kill when it rammed and sank the SM U-29.
Dreadnought: A History of the Modern Battleship, by Richard Hough, is an interesting look back at the history and development of the battleship. As expected, the book starts off with HMS Dreadnought, the ship that started it all, and ends with the Iowa Class of United States battleships that represented the pinnacle of dreadnought development.

There is not much new in this book that I hadn’t already come across in previous books, but it is a nicely formed chronological biography of the big gun ships. I think this subject has been well and truly covered now, and although I would happily recommend this tomb to someone who is beginning an interest in naval history, for the diehard historian like myself, it is not a necessary purchase.

Still, Richard Hough, as we would expect, has done a great job of researching the various ships and their histories, making the book an interesting refresher.

Reviewed by Daniel L Little – January 6 2018
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This is a book I read several times my freshman year in high school. At the time I was interested in Battleships from WWI and WWII. I hadn't seen the book in decades. When I saw it for sale on Amazon, I had to purchase it.

It covers the development of the modern battleship from the HMS Dreadnought to the USS Iowa class battleships, and how ideas evolved and were discarded between wars. This included many ideas for battleships that were laid down but never developed due to politics and the Washington Conference that tried to limit battleship size and lethality. Also covered is how the role of the battleship evolved after Pearl Harbor. A must for anyone who is interested in naval history.
"Dreadnought" by Richard Hough is almost too much information about the development of the battleship from 1900 to WWII. Numerous statistics about displacement, gun size, and armor boggle the mind. The names of dozens of ships are distinguished by nationality only when they sound grossly ethnic. There are no pictures or diagrams in the book. I used my copy of the "Smithsonian Ship" by Brian Lavery to visualize the evolution of the battleship. A few naval battles (eg. Jutland) were briefly described. Anyone interested in the development of military ships after 1900 should look somewhere else.
As others have noted, the book suffers from the lack of illustrations. However, it is well written, far from boring, and contains a great deal of information. It's also inexpensive, somewhat mitigating the vast disappointment of missing pictures. Fortunately, the Internet provides images of ships named. Still, they would be better included appropriately with the text.
Great book detailing the battle for naval supremacy starting in the late 1880s. England had been the foremost, world naval power for centuries but Germany was attempting to contest their dominance in the North Atlantic. Both countries and to a lesser degree France and Italy, spent millions on huge, floating gun platforms, from the 1880s through WW1 and WW2, the most powerful of which were labeled "dreadnaughts" (fear nothing), which eventually came to be called "battleships". Russia and Japan were enemies too and they also competed for naval supremacy, as did America as hostile tensions between countries grew and exploded into the two world wars. This book is an intriguing, detailed report on an arms race for control of the world oceans.