British Destroyers and Frigates

The Second World War and After
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Binding:Paperback
Published:June 15, 2017
By Norman Friedman (Author)

Since World War II the old categories of destroyer and frigate have tended to merge, a process that author Norman Friedman traces back to the radically different Tribal-class destroyers of 1936. This volume covers the development of all the modern destroyer classes that fought in the war. It looks at the emergency programs that produced vast numbers of trade protection vessels—sloops, corvettes, and frigates—and analyzes the pressures that shaped the post-war fleet and, until recently, dominated design.

Since World War II the old categories of destroyer and frigate have tended to merge, a process that author Norman Friedman traces back to the radically different Tribal-class destroyers of 1936. This volume covers the development of all the modern destroyer classes that fought in the war. It looks at the emergency programs that produced vast numbers of trade protection vessels—sloops, corvettes, and frigates—and analyzes the pressures that shaped the post-war fleet and, until recently, dominated design.

Written by America’s leading authority on naval construction, it is an objective but sympathetic view of the difficult economic and political environment in which British designers had to work, and benefits from the author’s ability to compare and contrast the U.S. Navy’s experience. Dr. Friedman is renowned for his ability to explain the policy and strategy changes that drive design decisions, and British Destroyers & Frigates uses previously unpublished material to draw a new and convincing picture of British naval policy over the previous eight decades. Successful with enthusiasts and professionals alike from its first publication in 2006, this is the book’s third edition.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Ship Design & Reference, World War II
  • Paperback : 352 pages
  • Illustrations: 200 b/w photos & ship profiles
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (June 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1526702827
  • ISBN-13: 9781526702821
  • Product Dimensions: 9.65 X 11.38 in
  • Shipping Weight: 32.4 oz
Praise
  • British Destroyers and Frigates is a must for the warship design enthusiast and historian.” – Australian Naval Institute
  • “…a comprehensive survey of the design history and development of the Royal Navy’s greyhounds of the sea.” – WARSHIPS Magazine

Norman Friedman is a consultant on global naval strategy, naval trends, and naval warfare. An internationally known military technology analyst and naval historian, he worked for a decade as an advisor to Secretaries of the Navy, and for another 10 years with a leading U.S. think tank. Dr. Friedman travels the world speaking to military and defense industry leaders, and appears frequently appears on television as a guest commentator.
Norman Friedman is a prominent naval analyst and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defense issues. He is a longtime columnist for Proceedings magazine and lives in New York City.

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