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South American Battleships 1908-59

Brazil, Argentina, and Chile's great dreadnought race

Mark Lardas Julian Baker Johnny Shumate (Illustrator)



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07 January 2019
Series: New Vanguard
In 1908 the most incredible naval arms race in history began. Flush with cash from rubber and coffee, Brazil decided to order three of the latest, greatest category of warship available - the dreadnought battleship. One Brazilian dreadnought by itself could defeat the combined gunnery of every other warship of all the other South American nations. Brazil's decision triggered its neighbour Argentina to order its own brace of dreadnoughts, which in turn forced Chile (which had fought boundary disputes with Argentina) to order some.

In the process, the South American dreadnought mania drove the three participants nearly into insolvency, led to the bankruptcy of a major shipyard, and triggered a chain of events which led Turkey to declare war on Great Britain. It also produced several groundbreaking dreadnought designs and one of the world's first aircraft carriers.
By:   Mark Lardas
Illustrated by:   Julian Baker, Johnny Shumate (Illustrator)
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   264
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm, 
Weight:   166g
ISBN:   9781472825100
ISBN 10:   1472825101
Series:   New Vanguard
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   07 January 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Mark Lardas holds a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, but spent his early career at the Johnson Space Center doing Space Shuttle structural analysis, and space navigation. An amateur historian and a long-time ship modeller, Mark Lardas is currently working in League City, Texas. He has written extensively about modelling as well as naval, maritime, and military history.

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