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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846035147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846035142
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 0.3 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 508,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[A] solid pick for such (military history) collections... Jim Crossley's "British Destroyers 1892-1918," telling of new designs of the Royal Navy's destroyers and how they changed the way sea war was fought." -"The Bookwatch" (January 2010) "Would I have bought this book from the title? No. Would I have bought this book if I knew how well it was done? Yes! ... I really liked this book even though I have no intention of building these ships. The topic is important for understanding evolution of naval warfare, but also as a window on technological evolution and how rapidly, and sometimes too quickly, that technology is applied to war machines. Recommended as "light reading" for naval warfare enthusiasts and erstwhile modelers of early British destroyers." -Luke R Bucci, "IPMS/USA "(December 2009) "It really is an excellent book on a most interesting subject and one that I am positive you will find to be of interest. One that will be pulled from the shelves time after time and one I can highly recommend to you." -Scott Van Aken, "Modeling Madness" (October 2009)

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Jim Crossley is a leading authority on the destroyers of World War I. He has an understanding of the intricacies of naval design and is passionate about the history of these key vessels. The author lives in Norfolk, England.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Quinn on 5 July 2011
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While the subject is interesting, I was disappointed by the lack of referencing and the lack of a further reading list. It is a very good introduction but leaves the reader nowhere to go from here.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By FCA on 28 Sept. 2010
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This is a very good for anyone who does not already know much about these interesting ships. Good text and illustrations, but a few annoying little printing(?) errors.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. MARKUSS on 3 Aug. 2013
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A few niggles but in the main a useful book for the modeller at least.

P. 19, the photo of Swift appears to show a 4" gun - one of two ahead of the bridge. It does not appear to be the 6" gun on the centre-line.

Pp. 19-20, Swift probably never reached 36 knots; despite several trials with different screws she could only reach 35.5 knots.

P. 34, again, the photo appears to show a 4" gun.

P.37, artwork, at Jutland British destroyers were still painted black, not grey as depicted.

P. 43, Swift actually made very little use of her 6" gun (at night it tended to blind the gun crew). Because it was not very efficient, it was later removed and the two 4" guns substituted.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Forder on 31 May 2013
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As this book notes Britain operated 534 destroyers during the First World War, in addition to those built from 1892. Development and war use is covered in 36 pages of illustrated text, so this book cannot hope to be more than a brief overview of the subject. As such it is authoriative, and a good general introduction to the subject, but most of the individual ships do not get a mention. This does highlight a need for further volumes, on each of the classes, there being a significant lack of readily available information on which ships served with which Flotilla when, let alone what happened to them and the men who served on them.
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A Nice Introduction 6 Nov. 2009
By R. A Forczyk - Published on Amazon.com
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British Destroyers 1892-1918 by Jim Crossley, in Osprey's New Vanguard series, provides an excellent summary of the Royal Navy's destroyers in the First World War era. The volume is geared toward technical details, but also provides sufficient information about the operations of British destroyers in the First World War, as well as some nice artwork. Both in terms of research and graphics, this is an appealing volume. Overall, British Destroyers 1892-1918 provides an excellent introduction to its subject.

The volume begins with an introduction noting how the Royal Navy's requirement for destroyers arose from the need to counter foreign torpedo boats. Based upon French hyping of the capabilities of early torpedoes, the British Admiralty became alarmed that their main battle fleet could be incapacitated by a surprise torpedo attack. Fast, gun-armed destroyers were developed to counter the torpedo boat threat but soon began acquiring torpedo launchers themselves. The author goes into each class of British destroyer, discussing their design, main characteristics and operational service. He also discusses gun armament and flotilla leaders. The volume has three color plates of British destroyers, plus a beautiful cutaway of HMS Hornet.

The second part of the volume covers the destroyers in combat in the First World War and provides tables on strength (by class) in 1914, wartime construction and losses (by cause). He then discusses the action off the Texel in October 1914, destroyers at Jutland in 1916, the Dover patrol and convoy escort duty. There are also three color battle scenes of destroyers in action. Although a short volume, the author manages to pack in a good amount of information and readers should gain considerable insight into the operations of light naval forces in the First World War.
An excellent introduction to the origin of destroyers in general an the British designs in particular. 18 May 2013
By L. Gutkowski - Published on Amazon.com
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This well written book provides an interesting explanation of how the 'destroyer' came to be, of the early successes and failures in the various aspects of the early designs and of the evolution of this type prior to and during WWI. It was an excellent addition to the New Vanguard series and well worth the price.
British Destroyers 5 Jun. 2010
By Hernani S. Oliveira Filho - Published on Amazon.com
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A good book showing several class of destroyers in service in Royal navy betwen the end of XIX century and the end of the WWII, a good source for modellers and students.
Five Stars 10 Nov. 2014
By William Hazlett - Published on Amazon.com
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good book
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