This new addition to the Images of War series takes as its focus the early Big Gun battleships that saw development and deployment during the First World War. Iconic ships such as HMS Warspite and Malaya feature amidst this pictorial history that is sure to appeal to fans of the series, and naval enthusiasts in particular. Vessels featured include the battleship Royal Sovereign, the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle, the cruiser HMS Gloucester, the Queen Elizabeth class battleship HMS Barham and the Italian battleships Littorio, Cesare, Duillo, Vittorio Veneto, Conte di Cavour and Doria, amongst many others. British and international battleships feature side by side in a publication that offers a truly representative selection of the kind of vessels in action at this time. A second volume will follow, focussing on the Second World War and the evolution of the Big Guns in response to the changing demands this conflict wrought.
Philip Kaplan has written several books on a host of military themed subjects. He is the author of several titles published under Pen and Swords aviation Imprint, including Behind the Wire, Mustang the Inspiration and Sailor: Battle of Britain Legend Adolph G. Malan. He is of American birth but lives in Cheltenham, UK.