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British Destroyers 1939-1945: Pre-war classes

By Angus Konstam, illustrated by Tony Bryan
RELATED TOPICS: SHIPS | BOOK
FSM_NP0717_63
Comments: Softcover, 48 pages, black-and-white photos, 7 color plates

ISBN: 978-1-4728-1636-8

Price:
$18

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

From the publisher:
The Royal Navy entered World War II with a large but eclectic fleet of destroyers. Some of these were veterans of World War I, fit only for escort duties. Most, though, had been built during the inter-war period and were regarded as both reliable and versatile. But danger lurked across the seas as new destroyers being built in Germany, Italy, and Japan were larger and better armored. So, until the new, larger Tribal-class destroyers could enter service, these vessels would have to hold the line. Used mainly to hunt submarines, protect convoys from aerial attack, and take out other destroyers, these ships served across the globe during the war. This illustrated study is the first in a two-part series on the real workhorses of the wartime Royal Navy, focusing on how these aging ships took on the formidable navies of the Axis powers.

FSM says:
Illustrations provide distinctive features of various prewar classes with detail enough to inform on riggings and fittings.

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