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British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War (Hardback)

Dr Norman Friedman

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ISBN 10: 1591140811 / ISBN 13: 9781591140818
Edité par US Naval Institute Press, United States, 2009
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. A Proceedings Magazine 2010 Notable Naval Book Noted historian Norman Friedman provides the first detailed study of the Royal Navy s destroyer from its predecessors from the 1880s to the 1930s, and its use in both World Wars. He shows how the Royal Navy developed the torpedo and its surface carrier--the destroyer--as both an offensive and defensive naval weapon. Friedman also discusses the influence the British exerted on foreign navies, including the American and Japanese fleets, destroyer design and tactics, and the British use of U.S.-supplied destroyers during World War II. The book is profusely illustrated with hundreds of photographs and drawings by A.D. Baker III and Alan Raven. N° de réf. du libraire AAC9781591140818

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Titre : British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to ...

Éditeur : US Naval Institute Press, United States

Date d'édition : 2009

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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In the late nineteenth century the advent of the modern torpedo woke the Royal Navy to a potent threat to its domination, not seriously challenged since Trafalgar. For the first time a relatively cheap weapon had the potential to sink the largest, and costliest exponents of sea power. Not surprisingly, Britain s traditional rivals invested heavily in the new technology that promised to overthrow the naval status quo. The Royal Navy was also quick to adopt the new weapon, but the British concentrated on developing counters to the essentially offensive tactics associated with torpedo-carrying small craft. From these efforts came torpedo catchers , torpedo-gunboats and eventually the torpedo-boat destroyer, a type so successful that it eclipsed and the usurped the torpedo-boat itself. With its title shortened to destroyer , the type evolved rapidly and was soon in service in many navies, but in none was the evolution as rapid or as radical as in the Royal Navy This book is the first detailed study of their early days, combining technical history with an appreciation of the changing role of destroyers and the tactics of their deployment. Like all of Friedman's books, it reveals the rationale and not just the process of important technological developments.

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NORMAN FRIEDMAN is arguably America s most prominent naval analyst, and the author of more than twenty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defence issues. His latest book, Firepower, covering battleship gunnery and fire control, was an instant success and quickly reprinted.

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