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British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Gardners Books
Publication date October 30, 2009
Pages 320
Binding Hardcover
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781848320499
ISBN-10 1848320493
Dimensions 1 by 10 by 11.75 in.
Weight 3.68 lbs.
Published in Great Britain
Original list price $69.45
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: 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 NavyThis 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.

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from Gardners Books (October 30, 2009)
9781848320499 | details & prices | 320 pages | 10.00 × 11.75 × 1.00 in. | 3.68 lbs | List price $69.45
About: 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.
from Naval Inst Pr (October 1, 2009)
9781591140818 | details & prices | 320 pages | 10.00 × 11.75 × 1.00 in. | 3.70 lbs | List price $85.00
About: A Proceedings Magazine 2010 Notable Naval BookNoted historian Norman Friedman provides the first detailed study of the Royal Navy's destroyer from its predecessors from the 1880s to the 1930s, and its use in both World Wars.

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