This is a major study of British destroyers and smaller warships, first published in 2006, that remains unsurpassed. – This is impeccably researched book is very capably illustrated with photographs and drawings. It is offered at an incredibly aggressive price and is within reach of even the younger readers, but will remain a primary reference source for the topics covered – Highly Recommended.
NAME: British Destroyers & Frigates, The Second World War and After FILE: R2546 AUTHOR: Norman Friedman, ship plans by A D AakerIII PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth BINDING: soft back PAGES: 352 PRICE: £25.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Royal Navy, destroyers, frigates, sloops, cruisers, construction techniques, warships, marine engineering, Second World War, 2nd World War, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, WWII, Cold War, exit from Empire
IMAGE: B2546.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y83ua6rb LINKS: DESCRIPTION: This is a major study of British destroyers and smaller warships, first published in 2006, that remains unsurpassed. - This is impeccably researched book is very capably illustrated with photographs and drawings. It is offered at an incredibly aggressive price and is within reach of even the younger readers, but will remain a primary reference source for the topics covered – Highly Recommended. The Royal Navy had very long sea routes to protect from 1939, with far to few convoy escorts, a familiar problem that faced the Royal Navy in the wars that stretched back through history. This book is the most comprehensive design history yet of modern British surface escorts. It also shows the challenge that naval historians face with ship classes. The first torpedo boat destroyers were littler larger and more powerful than the torpedo boats they were designed to counter. However, the class grew rapidly in size and potency during WWI, but the Tribal Class of 1936, although, by the standards of the day, one of the most powerful designs produced, are dwarfed by the latest Type 45 destroyer. What drove the expansion of capability was the early realization that destroyers could prove very effective convoy escorts. That also required many changes in equipment and armament, as destroyer escorts needed to be able to counter not only surface warships, but submarines and naval aviation. After 1945, it became increasingly common for navies to commission very powerful warships under class descriptions previously used only for small warships. The Cold War destroyers became as heavy as many WWII cruisers, and infinitely more powerful. As the Cold War continued, the largest destroyers acquired a largely missile armament and a destruction power greater than many battleships which were being removed from service in most fleets and had already been supplanted as THE capital ship class by aircraft carriers. For Great Britain, the last 75 years have presented great challenges for the Royal Navy. By 1945 the Royal Navy still had a powerful fleet that could challenge any other in direct combat, having a large number of aircraft carriers and aircraft, a significant battleship fleet, but also a very large surface fleet of destroyers and smaller warships. The designs were amongst the best in the world and the armament was amongst the most advanced. Against that, the country was broke after the enormous cost of funding its part in WWII, there were pressures for major change across the Empire, and the politicians who took over saw their main job as managing the decline of Great Britain and the disbandment of the Empire. The second National Socialist Government under Atlee additionally saw Stalin as their best friend, until his predatory actions were obviously to the most visually challenged British politicians. As the Cold War developed, the Royal Navy was increasingly seen by politicians as a North Atlantic escort force under RAF air protection and operating primarily in the North Atlantic, but then politicians are always poorly sighted with a very limited grasp of military threats. During this period, the battleship was retired, the aircraft carrier force was decimated, and most effort went into building new convoy escorts. However, the destroyer was rapidly evolving and where radar had removed the need for catapult launched gunnery spotting aircraft for the larger warships, the helicopter was starting to make a new aviation role. It was able to operate from relatively small warships and could carry an increasing weapons load, with greater flexibility in targeting, and it could carry increasingly effective sensors, both sonar and radar. The result was that even small warships could carry at least one of the smaller naval helicopters and these helicopters could take on surface vessels and submarines at some distance for the parent warship. Larger warships came to have the capacity to more than one of the largest and most potent helicopters and the helicopter carrier was born, further muddying the waters in describing ship classes. The cruisers that were converted to helicopter carrier were clearly still cruisers in size and main gun armament and the Invincible helicopter carriers were described only as a ruse to fool the Wilson Healey Government which was trying further decimation of the Royal Navy in the mistaken belief that the RAF could do everything with a handful of aircraft. Friedman has explained the policy and strategy changes that have driven decisions, the design and development of the warships and the naval policy applied to them