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How Did They Do That?

The Royal Navy’s ‘all-big-gun’ battleship set a new standard for naval technology, and triggered a global arms race


In 1906, Britain brought out the big guns. HMS Dreadnought was the first of a new class of battleship, representing such an advance in technology that an entire generation of ships came to be named after her. Unlike earlier classes, Dreadnought had a uniform main battery of large guns and was powered by steam turbines, making her the fastest battleship in the world. Immediately after her launch, navies scrabbled to compete, with the race intensifying in the lead-up to World War I.



Tonnage: 21,060 tons Speed: 21 knots

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Follow the rise and fall of France's most infamous dictator, Napoleon, all the way from emperor to exile. Also inside, celebrate 200 years of Jane Austen and discover what life was really like for Ancient Greeks living in Sparta, the civilisation's most brutal city-state. We've also lined up ten of the greatest partnerships in history, from Marks and Spencer to Rolls and Royce, plus meet the man who inspired 007 – Elizabeth I's forgotten spy, John Dee.