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Monitors of the Royal Navy.
on 20 February 2013
I became interested in these quaint warships after reading another book on the same subject.(more later)
The new book under review gives a quite reasonable account of the design history of this class of unusual vessels.He describes the reason for their existance,their cheap and hurried construction,considerable and serious design defects and the intended "expendable" nature of their use in action.The author then begins his story of Monitor activities with the action in the Rufugi Delta which resulted in the destruction of the SMS Konigsberg.He really gets into his stride with the Gallipoli campaign and then covers the Belgian coastal operations in considerable depth.I found this section on the coastal bombardments off the Belgian coast to be very informative.
After the end of the war he describes the scrapping of the older types, with just the rump of the Monitor force available for World War II.The building of two modern Monitors is covered, together with the highly sucessful bombardment duties in the various landing operations.
I would say that this book leans towards the wording of its title with a 30% coverarage of design, with the remainder on operations and deployment.The few illustrations are pertinent, the line drawings and maps, well produced.
The other book refered to in my first sentence is "Big Gun Monitors" by Ian Buxton,any book on these ships must fall under the shadow of this classic.However it is 90% concerned with design and construction,operations are covered more expansively in this later volume by Jim Crossley.
Both books complement each other!