With the world's largest merchant fleet and extensive overseas territories during most of the twentieth century, the Royal Navy depended on the cruiser to defend Britain's trade routes and police the empire. In this handsomely illustrated book, the noted ship historian Norman Friedman provides insights into the cruiser's development and Britain's efforts to come to terms with the competing demands of quality and quantity. The first book to offer a comprehensive explanation of the policy background, it presents an entirely original picture of cruiser development.
The book's final chapters cover post-war modernizations, plans for missile-armed ships, and the process that turned the through-deck cruiser into the Invincible-class light carrier. With detailed appendixes of ship data and extensive photos and ship plans by A.D. Baker III, Alan Raven, Paul Webb, and John Dominy, the work matches the high standards set by Friedman's book on British destroyers.
Norman Friedman is an internationally respected defense analyst, historian and the author of more than thirty books, including British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War . He lives in New York City.
Praise for British Cruisers
“An essential work for anyone interested in the Royal Navy and modern naval operations.”
— The NYMAS Review
“…We enthusiastically recommend British Cruisers for those who are interested in the history of the British, Australian or New Zealand navies, and technology buffs interested in the history of radar, communications, and electronics in naval weapons systems. At US$55, the price makes it affordable and a great buy.”
— The Northern Mariner, April 2012
“…An extraordinarily detailed account of the development of Royal Navy cruisers…This is a towering work, and one which any reader with even a passing interest in British cruiser development will want to own.”
— Warship 2012