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In the late nineteenth century the advent of the modern torpedo woke the Royal Navy to a potent threat to its domination, not seriously challenged since Trafalgar. For the first time a relatively cheap weapon had the potential to sink the largest, and costliest exponents of sea power. Not surprisingly, Britain s traditional rivals invested heavily in the new technology that promised to overthrow the naval status quo. The Royal Navy was also quick to adopt the new weapon, but the British concentrated on developing counters to the essentially offensive tactics associated with torpedo-carrying small craft. From these efforts came torpedo catchers , torpedo-gunboats and eventually the torpedo-boat destroyer, a type so successful that it eclipsed and the usurped the torpedo-boat itself. With its title shortened to destroyer , the type evolved rapidly and was soon in service in many navies, but in none was the evolution as rapid or as radical as in the Royal Navy This book is the first detailed study of their early days, combining technical history with an appreciation of the changing role of destroyers and the tactics of their deployment. Like all of Friedman's books, it reveals the rationale and not just the process of important technological developments. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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NORMAN FRIEDMAN is arguably America s most prominent naval analyst, and the author of more than twenty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defence issues. His latest book, Firepower, covering battleship gunnery and fire control, was an instant success and quickly reprinted. --Ce texte fait référence à l'édition Relié .

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Excellent! Covers every type of Destroyer from about 1880 to 1935 or so. Many issues discussed. 29 février 2016
Par Bayard B. - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Excellent! The book covers every type of "Destroyer" developed for the Royal Navy between about 1880 and the mid 1930s. It covers the types classified as torpedo boats, torpedo gunboats, and torpedo boat destroyers up to around 1900; the pre - 1914 and World War I destroyers; and the post World War I destroyers of the 1920s through the mid - 1930s. The book ends with the A through I classes. There is also discussion of the American "Town" class 4 - pipers transferred to Britain and the resulting modifications that the Royal Navy made to them to convert them into reasonably effective anti - submarine escorts. The ships starting with the "Tribal" class are covered in a subsequent book. There is much discussion of issues such as propulsion machinery, armament (guns, torpedoes, anti - aircraft, anti - submarine), and range. There are also discussions on issues such as Royal Navy thinking on subjects such as crew habitability, ship sea keeping, and even structural design stresses of the hulls. One issue that really stands out is how cost conscious the Admiralty was. Time after time, some design feature wasn't incorporated, or was revised, in order to keep costs down.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Five Stars 27 mai 2016
Par Jack Trower - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Probably the most comprehensive detail and description of the development of the destroyer I have read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Fine history for historians and modellers 3 octobre 2014
Par ex-librarian - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Yes, yes ,, A great new history of British destroyers from an American naval expert with lots of profile and deck drawings that make it difficult to not want to make some models of these great early boats.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything I Could Have Hoped For, And More 31 juillet 2012
Par S. E. Bradfield - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I've been studying the history of warship development for more than thirty years. Unfortunately I have no access to primary documents, so I have to take the word of others. For someone in my position it is vital that sources cite their own sources, so I can get at least a glimpse of what the original documents had to say. I've long relied on books like Conway's and Jane's, and taken part in many arguments over which is more accurate. Conway's Warship series has been a great delight over the years.

Where the development of the destroyer is concerned I've been a fan of David Lyons' 'The First Destroyers' since the day I bought it. It cites many primary sources, making it invaluable to any serious student of the subject. I had long hoped that Mr. Lyons would continue with sequels, and was saddened to find that he had passed away without accomplishing that task.

Now the man some consider the greatest naval historian of them all has tackled the subject, and Norman Friedman's 'British Destroyers: From Early Days to the Second World War' does not disappoint. Dr. Friedman starts with the development of the early torpedo boats of various nations and carries through the development of the earliest torpedo-boat destroyers, the First World War and then to the eve of the Second World War. He not only gives detailed descriptions of each class of ship, he also gives excellent explanations of why each class was created, citing the writings of various admirals, directors and lords discussing and even arguing over what direction the next step of small British warship should be. He quotes the experiments undertaken by then-commander of the Mediterranean forces Admiral Jacky Fisher concerning destroyer deployment and use, and how those tests affected British policy concerning the small ships. He carefully explains the differing opinions on whether destroyer forces should operate independently or as close escort to the battleships.

A great asset to the book is the many fine internal and external line drawings by A. D. Baker III. Almost every class is represented in detail, including some of the one-offs and lesser-known ship types.

My only complaint would be the lack of tactical-diameter listings in the technical descriptions. It's a small matter, but I would like to have seen them.

That said, if I had to choose any one book on the subject it would be this one. It is not only valuable for its technical pages and for its history of the people as well as the ships, it is also a rarity among this type of book for being highly readable just for the story. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in the story of the "footsoldiers" of the Royal Navy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the few reference books for those interested in ... 26 décembre 2016
Par Timothy G Rootes - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
One of the few reference books for those interested in the design development of British destroyers. The book is full of technical information and design history and is well illustrated with profile, plan and sectional drawings.
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