British Cruiser Warfare

The Lessons of the Early War, 1939–1941
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Published:April 15, 2019

Cruisers were employed in a greater variety of roles than any other warship type in the Royal Navy. Smaller, faster, and far more numerous than battleships, they could be risked in situations where capital ships were too vulnerable, while still providing heavy gunfire support for smaller ships or anti-aircraft cover for the fleet. As such, they were in the frontline of the naval war from the outset—and from its first days, the fighting provided unexpected challenges and some very unpleasant surprises, not least the efficacy of air power. This highly original book analyzes the early years of the war when the sharpest lessons were learned, describing every action and its results, and then summarizing in individual chapters the conclusions that could be drawn for the many aspects of a cruiser’s duties. 

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Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10: 1526747634
  • ISBN-13: 9781526747631
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 X 10.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 29.44 oz

Alan Raven is a British-born naval historian, illustrator, and professional ship-model builder whose work frequently appears in modeling magazines.

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