British Cruiser Warfare, The Lessons of the Early War, 1939-1941

This book is thought-provoking, also controversial, and a must read for all those interested in WWII and the war at sea. The author has offered interesting fresh insights into the maids-all-work warships during the early years of the war. – Highly Recommended

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NAME: British Cruiser Warfare, The Lessons of the Early War, 1939-1941
FILE: R2846
AUTHOR: Alan Raven
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth Publishing
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES: 320
PRICE: £35.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, naval warfare, 
cruisers, light cruisers, heavy cruisers, naval architecture, technology, tactics, Royal 
Navy, RN

ISBN: 978-1-5267-4763-1

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DESCRIPTION:   This book is thought-provoking, also controversial, and a must 
read for all those interested in WWII and the war at sea. The author has offered 
interesting fresh insights into the maids-all-work warships during the early 
years of the war. – Highly Recommended

The Royal Navy started WWII in remarkably good shape. After trial mobilizations 
for exercises early in 1939, the RN maintained this state through the start of war. As 
a result, warships were already on their war stations and fuel and supplies had been 
stockpiled at bases around the world. Warships had been taken out of reserve for 
recommissioning and dockyard work had speeded up on vessels undergoing refits 
and modernization.

It was not all good news. Generally, RN warships had been poorly prepared to face air 
attack and much of accepted tactics came from WWI experience. The Royal Navy 
learned quickly and major enhancements of capability were achieved through new 
tactics and new weapons systems. The author has covered this learning curve, 
providing fresh insights but also introducing some controversy. This has been very 
thoroughly supported by illustration through the body of the book, with photographs, 
maps and charts. This is a most comprehensive review of the operation of cruisers 
during the important first two years of WWII.

During this period, radar was introduced and revolutionized the operation of cruisers 
across all of their roles. It did not immediately replace catapult launched float planes 
and amphibians but it made them less critical, which was an important advantage as 
these aircraft did not fair well in a fighter-rich environment, such as in the 
Mediterranean. There was also a considerable strengthening of anti-aircraft guns and 
many improvements to gunnery control systems.

While lessons were learned and equipment and weapons improved, there were also 
many changes in code breaking, intelligence gathering and electronic warfare that 
supported cruisers in their operations. This was a period of many changes and this is 
the first book to look closely at what it all meant to cruisers, their crews and their 
operations.