Dreadnought
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Dreadnought

British capital ship, and the name used for an entire type of modern battleships. By what has been termed the “Dreadnought leap” – superiority in firepower, protection, and speed – the Royal Navy rendered obsolete all large battleships built before that time. This qualitative advance in British naval technology was the consequence of military necessity. After the sea-battle of Tsushima on May 27/28, 1905, in which the Japanese fleet destroyed three Russian warships from a distance of …

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Herwig, Holger H., “Dreadnought”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 20 September 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0167>
First published online: 2015



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