By Norman Friedman
The Royal army used to be additionally speedy to undertake the hot weapon, however the British focused on constructing counters to the basically offensive strategies linked to torpedo-carrying small craft. From those efforts got here ‘torpedo catchers’, torpedo-gunboats and at last the torpedo-boat destroyer, a kind such a success that it eclipsed and the usurped the torpedo-boat itself. With its identify shortened to ‘destroyer’, the kind developed speedily and used to be quickly in provider in lots of navies, yet in none was once the evolution as swift or as radical as within the Royal Navy
This publication is the 1st targeted examine in their early days, combining technical historical past with an appreciation of the altering function of destroyers and the strategies in their deployment. like every of Friedman’s books, it finds the explanation and never simply the method of significant technological developments.
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British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War by Norman Friedman