Before the Battlecruiser

The Big Cruiser in the World’s Navies, 1865–1910

  • Subject: FALL 2018 CATALOG
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    November 15, 2018
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  • Product Dimensions:
    11 × 8.5 × 1 in
  • Product Weight:
    54 oz
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The battlecruiser is perceived by many as the most glamorous of warships, remembered for its triumphs and tragedies in both world wars. Often forgotten are its lineal ancestors, the big cruisers that were constructed as capital ships for distant waters, as commerce raiders, and as fast scouts for the battle fleet during the last decades of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth.
In this new book by bestselling author Aidan Dobson, the two hundred or so big cruisers that were built for the world’s navies from 1865 are described and analyzed in detail.