SMS Viribus Unitis Austro-Hungarian Battleship

Andrew Wilkie

 
Publication date:
August 2015
Publisher :
Kagero
Language:
English
Series :
Super Drawings in 3D
Illustration :
123 renders
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9788364596643

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£18.99
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Overview
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In 1907 the navy of the dualist, multinational Austro-Hungarian Empire placed an order for a new class of warships, whose design was based on the "all big gun” concept pioneered by HMS Dreadnought. Eventually four Tegetthoff class vessels were laid down, including the flagship Viribus Unitis, Tagetthoff, Prinz Eugen and Szent Istvan. The last warship of the class was not completed until well into World War I. The vessels' careers were not especially eventful. They spent most of their service lives as a "fleet in being” anchored in a well-protected port of Pola with only occasional trips to the Fažana Channel (well-screened by Brijuni Islands) for gunnery practice. During the war the ships were manned mainly by reservists, while the most promising and experienced members of their crews were detached to serve onboard submarines or torpedo boats, or assigned to land-based units. The second ship of the class ended her career in rather dramatic circumstances, which is why she perhaps deserves a more detailed treatment.


Viribus Unitis


The Battleship IV was laid down at San Marco on July 23, 1910 and launched on June 24, 1911. The Emperor's court used the occasion to organize a lavish celebration designed to carry a strong political message. The Emperor insisted that the battleship be given a rather unusual, Latin name Viribus Unitis (Strength in Unity - Emperor's personal motto).


REVIEWS

It is a book that is ideal for modellers who want to see colour detail of this large WW1 era battleship, and I think equally interesting for the naval historian as well.
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