As the possibility of war loomed in the 1930s, the British Admiralty looked to update their fleet of destroyers to compete with the new ships being built by Germany and Japan, resulting in the commissioning of the powerful Tribal-class. These were followed by the designing of the first of several slightly smaller ships, which carried fewer guns than the Tribals, but were armed with a greatly enlarged suite of torpedoes. The first of these, the "J/K/M class" was followed by a number of wartime variants, with slight changes to their weaponry to suit different wartime roles.
Designed to combat enemy surface warships, aircraft and U-boats, the British built these destroyers to face off against anything the enemy could throw at them. Using a collection of contemporary photographs and beautiful color artwork, this is a fascinating new study of the ships that formed the backbone of the Royal Navy during World War II.
About the Author
Angus Konstam is an acclaimed military and naval historian, and one of Osprey's most experienced and respected authors, with 60 Osprey titles in print. His other books include Jutland: Twelve Hours to Win the War, Sovereigns of the Seas: The quest to build the perfect Renaissance battleship, and The Battle of North Cape. A former naval officer, underwater archaeologist and maritime museum curator, Angus has had a long and passionate love affair with the sea, maritime history, and warships. Angus is now a full-time writer and historian, and has served as the Chair of the Society of Authors in Scotland. He currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. For more details visit the author's website at www.anguskonstam.com
Table of Contents
Introduction /Design & Development /Operational History /Destroyer Roles /Camouflage /Life on Board /Destroyers in Action /Specifications /Bibliography