A new volume from the very successful collaboration between the publisher and the (British) National Maritime Museum. HMS Cossack was one of the 18 strong class of powerful destroyers known collectively as The Tribals – Most Highly Recommended
NAME: Destroyer Cossack, detailed in the original builders' plans FILE: R3240 AUTHOR: John Roberts PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen & Sword BINDING: hard back PRICE: £30.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: Destroyer, multi-role warships, HMS Cossack, The Tribals, Altmark, WWII, World War II, World War 2, Second World War, North Atlantic, trade routes, convoys, escorts, naval architecture, original builder's plans, naval warfare, ant- submarine warfare ISBN: 978-1-5267-7706-9 PAGES: 128 IMAGE: B3241.jpg BUYNOW: tinyurl.com/y24ydq7j LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A new volume from the very successful collaboration between the publisher and the (British) National Maritime Museum. HMS Cossack was one of the 18 strong class of powerful destroyers known collectively as The Tribals – Most Highly Recommended
The publisher has worked closely with the National Maritime Museum to produce an expanding series of books based on the original builder’s plans used to construct a warship of the class, or in one case to cover a complete class of corvettes. This new book features HMS Cossack which enjoyed a most distinguished career during WWII, including going into Norwegian neutral waters to run to earth the prison ship Altmark and liberate the POWs being taken to camps in Germany.
When she was later torpedoed, the crew engaged in an epic battle to keep her afloat but, as they were winning the battle, she was hit by a storm and sank.
Most warships in most navies are divided into classes but this often means that there is only a partial commonality between ships of a class. The Tribal Class comprised 18 vessels that were all virtually identical. The drawings in this book can therefore be accepted as applicable to other ships in the class.
The Class were very unusual, not least in their exceptional degree of commonality. They were very large for destroyers of the time, some 12 feet longer than was regarded as a capital ship length. They were also very powerful and fast, more like light cruisers. In addition, their builder’s plans have survived comprehensively, painting a very complete image of the ships of the class.
The NMC has an incomparable collection of builders’ plans and have been capturing them in digital format, using advanced scanning equipment. The publisher has had the book printed in full colour and, although most drawings are in 2 or 3 colour form, drawings, particularly of the guns and mountings are multi-colour making them so much easier to read. The many fine illustrations are supported by able text, telling the story of the class and the career of HMS Cossack.