A successful partnership of two leading maritime history authors looks at the development and deployment of French armoured cruisers 1887-1932. Careful research, well-written, and impeccably illustrated this is another definitive maritime history from the leading publishers in their field – Most Highly Recommended.
NAME: French Armoured Cruisers 1887-1932 FILE: R3017 AUTHOR: John Jordan, Philippe Caresse PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth Publishing BINDING: hard back PRICE: £40.00 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War I, World War 1, World War One, The Great War, WWII, World War II, World War 2, World War Two, Second World War, naval; warfare, war at sea, cruisers, armoured cruisers, French cruisers, technology, tactics, crews
IMAGE: B3017.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y6fguwp9 LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A successful partnership of two leading maritime history authors looks at the development and deployment of French armoured cruisers 1887-1932. Careful research, well-written, and impeccably illustrated this is another definitive maritime history from the leading publishers in their field – Most Highly Recommended. The move from wood to steel, the inclusion of armour and the introduction of steam power produced an incredible increase in the potency of all classes of warship. The mounting of guns of a single main calibre in turrets, and the introduction of greatly improved ranging and direction systems made these ships formidable. The battleships and battlecruisers formed a clear class structure, line of battleships as the heart of fleets for formal fleet actions. They could be deployed for other purposes but there was a need in most navies for smaller but powerful vessels that followed the traditions of the wooden frigates. The cruiser is a versatile warship that can be employed to protect sea routes, operate independently, and also participate in fleet actions, usually as a reconnaissance screen ahead of the main fleet. However, cruisers, as a class, cover a wide range of sizes and potency. The light cruisers were often little bigger than destroyers and armed with similar guns. Heavy cruisers went to the other extreme, being almost as large as a battleship, with powerful guns mid way between the battleship and light cruiser in calibre. As a result, the heavy cruiser could be heavily armoured and able to out-gun most warships, while having the ability to out-run warships with larger guns. This made them very useful for commerce raiding. The French armoured cruisers posed a serious potential threat to the Royal Navy because their good speed, powerful armament and armour protection could allow them to be used individually or in small squadrons to cut the long British sea routes connecting Empire. The authors have provided what is likely to remain the definitive work reviewing the French amoured cruiser from the revolutionary Dupuy-de-Lome of the 1880s through to the impressive six-funnelled Edgar Quinet. As with other Seaforth books, the very high standard of illustration will be very hard for any other publisher to match. This is the most comprehensive history to be published in English or French and will be much sought by enthusiasts, professionals and maritime historians.