British Destroyers 1892-1918

British Destroyers 1892-1918

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by Jim Crossley, Paul Wright
     
 

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This book recounts the history of the first destroyers of the Royal Navy, which revolutionised this service and changed the way war was fought at sea. Moreover, between 1892, when the first destroyers were laid down, and 1918 destroyers evolved radically from 27 knot, 250-ton ships into 35 knot, 1,530-ton ships. All these ships were involved in some form during…  See more details below

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This book recounts the history of the first destroyers of the Royal Navy, which revolutionised this service and changed the way war was fought at sea. Moreover, between 1892, when the first destroyers were laid down, and 1918 destroyers evolved radically from 27 knot, 250-ton ships into 35 knot, 1,530-ton ships. All these ships were involved in some form during World War I; the smaller, original destroyers in an auxiliary support role and the newer larger destroyers at some of the greatest sea battles of the war. Indeed, this book will highlight the role destroyers played in the North Sea during the crucial battles to control the Heliogoland Bight as well as the major fleet action at the battle of Jutland in 1916. Complete with a detailed description of the technical evolution of each class of destroyer from the 27-knotters to the Tribal and Marksman classes, this book offers a complete overview of the vessels that helped to maintain Britain's supremacy at sea.

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“Would I have bought this book from the title? No. Would I have bought this book if I knew how well it was done? Yes! ... I really liked this book even though I have no intention of building these ships. The topic is important for understanding evolution of naval warfare, but also as a window on technological evolution and how rapidly, and sometimes too quickly, that technology is applied to war machines. Recommended as 'light reading' for naval warfare enthusiasts and erstwhile modelers of early British destroyers.” —Luke R Bucci, IPMS/USA (December 2009)

“It really is an excellent book on a most interesting subject and one that I am positive you will find to be of interest. One that will be pulled from the shelves time after time and one I can highly recommend to you.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (October 2009)

“[A] solid pick for such (military history) collections... Jim Crossley's British Destroyers 1892-1918, telling of new designs of the Royal Navy's destroyers and how they changed the way sea war was fought.” —The Bookwatch (January 2010)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846035142
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
10/20/2009
Series:
New Vanguard Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
746,189
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Jim Crossley is a leading authority on the destroyers of World War I. He has an understanding of the intricacies of naval design and is passionate about the history of these key vessels. The author lives in Norfolk, England.

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British Destroyers 1892-1918 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
ship1 More than 1 year ago
This is an informative book that packs a lot of information in a small space. It gives an overview of the whys and wherefores of the designs of the various classes of ships and then importantly discusses how they were used operationally. It has a number of excellent pictures and some very nice color plan view/profiles of some of the ships. Osprey now needs to follow up with similar books on US, French, and German destroyers of the same era.