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PRESTON, Anthony:

Published by Bison. 1982 1st. (1982)

ISBN 10: 0861240650 ISBN 13: 9780861240654

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From: Gerald Lee Maritime Books (Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom)

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About this Item: Bison. 1982 1st., 1982. 64pp. Profusely illustrated. 29x22. An unmarked copy. Fine in Fine d/j. Illustrated with more than 80 photographs, this large-format book offers an excellent pictorial record of the destroyers which fought during the two World Wars. Covers the Dover Patrol to Jutland in WW1. Battle of the Atlantic, the Malta Convoys, War in the Pacific in WW2. Seller Inventory # 987

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PRESTON, Anthony:

Published by Hamlyn 1978 (1978)

ISBN 10: 0600329550 ISBN 13: 9780600329558

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About this Item: Hamlyn 1978, 1978. 224pp. Prof ills. 30x23.An excellent umarked copy: Fine in Fine d/j. Comprising a text that is as rich in technical detail as it is in anecdote, this profusely illustrated volume charts the history of the destroyer from the early torpedo-boat-destroyers of the Victorian era to the fast well-armed destroyers of the Second World War. Seller Inventory # 1973

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Preston, Anthony

Published by Prentice-Hall

ISBN 10: 0131949020 ISBN 13: 9780131949027

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About this Item: Prentice-Hall. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Included. 1st Edition. Englewood Cliffs NJ: Prentice-Hall, ,US 1st edition. 1980 9 X 12, VG/VG CONDITION, 192 PAGES,massively illustrated in B&W and some color photos. -----------------------------Cruisers have always been a difficult type of ship to categorize. Naval historian Antony Preston defines the cruiser as the smallest ocean - going warship but the largest which could be built in numbers. The term originated in the eighteenth century when a `cruiser' was any warship on detached duty. Over the years, some cruisers became almost as large as battleships to protect merchant shipping, while others, developed for scouting duties, were no bigger than destroyers. In 1922 an international treaty defined two separate categories: a 10,000-ton (maximum) 'heavy' cruiser armed with eight-inch guns and alight' cruiser which could equal the heavy cruiser in tonnage but had guns no larger than six inches.--------------------------------------The Germans departed from this definition with their panzerschiff concept. These pocket battleships were in fact armoured cruisers whose primary function was commerce raiding. The Deutschland, (later called the Lutzow,) Admiral Graf Spee and Admiral Hipper did not live up to the German Navy's hopes and claims. The myth of the panzerschiff was finally demolished at the Battle of the River Plate when the Graf Spee did not have the speed to outrun the British cruisers Exeter, Ajax and Achilles. Cruisers had a good record in World War II. The cruiser Prinz Eugen scored the first hits on HMS Hood in May 1941 and started the fire which may have caused her to blow up. Three days later it was a shell from HMS Dorsetshire which knocked out-the Bismarck's fire control just as the Norfolk did to the Scharnhorst in December 1943. In the Pacific, American heavy cruisers gained the upper hand against the Kirishima during the naval battles off Guadalcanal and wore down the Japanese attempt to recapture the island.------------------------------------------------The advent of carriers and the development of naval aviation called for a new theory of sea warfare in which the cruiser seemed to have no place. Few navies continued to build cruisers in the ten years following World War II but now a new category has been revived. There has always been a need for destroyer-type intermediate ships, which are not too expensive to build. Thus a new generation of missile-armed cruisers have come into being. The need for an independent cruiser to back up the capital ships remains.Antony Preston succinctly untangles the complexities of defining this hybrid ship and describes its importance in the context of naval history. He traces the different theories of the cruiser's role and the different types of cruisers built as well as giving a glimpse of life on board. The lively text is supplemented by technical illustrations, maps and numerous rare and unusual photographs. Seller Inventory # 39985

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