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British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is a well researched and written account about British destroyer designs and the thought process that determined the criteria for those designs. The author starts with the torpedo boat designs intended to counter the TB's of the French navy and how those ships grew progressively larger and more seawworthy to meet the changing needs and desires of the fleet. He continues with the designs of WWI, the inter-war years and WWII, and he discusses how the pre-war designs (including the Town Class)were modified to meet the changing needs of anti submarine warfare and expanded AA capability He covers the different builders, their designs and problems, the discussions within the Admiralty about what the design criteria should be, how politics outside the navy influenced the designs, and how the designs of other navies effected the designs. The book is very well illustrated with wonderful plan and profile views of many of the designs as well as many well reproduced photographs. The book also has plans showing the modifications made because of changing conditions of both World wars I & II. Although the book is comprehensive in regards as to how operations effected design, it is NOT a history of operations. You will need to reference other sources for operational history.