British Destroyers 1892-1918 [NOOK Book]

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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....
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British Destroyers 1892-1918

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Overview

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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"[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)

"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)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780965017
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 2/21/2012
  • Series: New Vanguard , #163
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 48
  • File size: 8 MB

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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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Torpedo Menace 4

The First Torpedo-Boat Destroyers 5

Design And Construction 7

Tbds Enter Service 9

Specifications 11

General specifications

Turbines

The Ships: Early Developments 15

River Class

Tribal Class

The Ships: Subsequent Developments 19

The Ships: Further Developments 22

G Class

H Class

I Class

K Class

L Class

M Class

R Class

S, V and W Class

Flotilla Leaders

Gun Armament 31

The Destroyer Fleets In 1914 and 1918 32

Destroyers In Combat 1914-1918 35

Action off Texel (17 October 1914)

The Battle of Jutland (31 May 1916)

The Dover Patrol

Escort Duty

Conclusion 47

Index 48

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  • Posted December 16, 2009

    A good balance between the design and operation of these destroyers

    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.

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