Ship Craft 27, British Sloops And Frigates of the Second World War

A great addition to the highly popular Ship Craft Series. This book reviews the British Sloops and Frigates that revolutionized convoy escort and anti-submarine warfare Very Highly Recommended

NAME:  Ship Craft 27, British Sloops And Frigates of the Second World War
FILE: R3354
AUTHOR: Les Brown
PUBLISHER: Seaforth Publishing, Pen and Sword
BINDING: soft back
PRICE: £16.99                                                
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT:   Second World War, WWII, World War II, World War 2, Royal Navy, 
naval warfare, convoy escort, hunter killer groups, U-Boats, Battle of the Atlantic, 
Sloops, Frigates, anti-submarine warfare

ISBN: 978-1-5267-9387-4

PAGES: 64,  A wealth of illustration throughout the book in both full colour and 
B&W images. Most of the images are uniquely shot to illustrate this book, and 
include line drawings and full colour sketches.
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DESCRIPTION: A great addition to the highly popular Ship Craft Series. This 
book reviews the British Sloops and Frigates that revolutionized convoy escort 
and anti-submarine warfare  Very Highly Recommended

This book provides an effective and accurate overview of the introduction of new classes of smaller warship into the Royal Navy to provide larger numbers of smaller ships to fight the U-Boats. This was based on experience gained early in the war at sea where even the smaller destroyers were faster than required and costly to build.

The Royal Navy ended World War I with a powerful surface fleet that was equipped with battleships, battlecruisers and cruisers that were designed to fight similar vessels in traditional naval gun battles. The Royal Navy also led in the design and use of the new aircraft carriers, having built the ships on which other nations drew for their own aircraft carriers. These ships were of course to replace the naval gun as the main weapon in fleet exchanges but, like the battleships that they were to displace, they were large, costly and designed for high speed. They were also vulnerable to a relatively cheap U-Boat and became more vulnerable if they had to be used as convoy escorts, travelling at the very much slower speed of the slowest merchant ship in the convoy, bringing them down towards the top speed of a submerged U-Boat.

The answer to defeating the U-Boat threat to merchant shipping was to design small aircraft carriers on merchant hulls and to build small warships that were able to stand the Atlantic and Norwegian Sea conditions in Winter, but carry a very powerful anti-submarine armament. These Sloops and Frigates could be built quickly and cheaply, which meant they could be built in the numbers needed and to replace losses to maintain those numbers. When the numbers allowed, also equip hunter-killer groups, the escort carriers, sloops and frigates of those groups could attack the U-Boat Wolf Packs away from the convoys with the carrier aircraft able to cover large distances to locate submarines on the surface and radio the positions back to the hunters also making attacks until the surface ships arrived.

These critical naval assets are naturally well represented in model form and used both for display and in the smaller scales for war gaming. These interests being very well catered for in this book with its excellent illustration, and information on available kits and accessories. The line drawings are crisp and detailed, and the camouflage colours are expressed on specially commissioned full colour drawings.