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Treaty Cruisers: The First International Warship Building Competition [Kindle Edition]

Leo Marriot
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Book Description

The Washington Naval Treaty of 1921 and subsequent treaties in the 1930s effectively established the size and composition of the various navies in World War II. In particular they laid down design parameters and tonnage limitations for each class of warship including battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. With one or two exceptions, battleship construction was deferred until the mid 1930s but virtually all navies embraced the concept of the 8in gun armed 10,000 ton heavy cruisers and laid down new vessels almost immediately. This book will trace the political processes which led to the treaties, describe the heavy cruisers designed and built to the same rules by each nation and then consider how the various classes fared in World War II and will attempt to assess which was the most successful. Ships from the navies of Britain, France, Italy, Germany, the USA and Japan will be included.

Appendices cover Construction Tables, History of each ship, Technical Specifications, Armament and Aircraft Carried.

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About the Author

Leo Marriott is one of Britain's most respected authors on naval history. He has written over 30 books on ship design and naval warfare. He is a keen yachtsman and lives in Somerset.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3719 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Publisher: Pen and Sword Maritime (19 Nov. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor writing, poor editing 12 Dec. 2006
The book sure looked quite promising: it was the subject that made me to pay a full price. More was the disappointment. The author fails to disclose properly just about ANY feature of the Treaty - political, economical, shipbuilding-related... Instead, he prefers to say few general words and hope that the nice cover would make somebody purchase the book (well, it sure worked in my case). The text is `jumpy': same subject could be discussed twice in different sections, and an attempt to organize the book into individual sections (e.g., construction vs. service history) has failed completely. The idea to concentrate exclusively on the heavy cruisers looks at least strange, but even heavy units are not described enough. The description is most sketchy: a reader has to guess, e.g., why Algerie was the best Treaty heavy cruiser? Or exactly what features of Berwick being an early Treaty cruiser have contributed to the outcome of its duel with Adm. Hipper. The book is burdened with a number of shocking factual mistakes. Russia was a major naval power in 1921, with some interests in Western Pacific? What? Russia did not even exist in 1921, - and the Soviet Union has become a major naval power in mid-50's, not in early 20's. Heavy cruiser Chicago was lost in the battle of Savo island? That is something new! Perth was HMAS, not HMS, but who cares, right? And there are just too many errors like that to call it accidental... To supplement all this, English is really terrible in this book. I am not a native speaker myself, but I expect a hardcover book to be edited/proofread prior to release! Grammatical errors and typos are most abundant, and it is just too much to call it `funny'. "hOstorical" is better than "hYstErical", but why did not anybody proofread this book to catch this one, or others? Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but let down by the editing 28 Aug. 2007
Overall i have found this book quite good and on an interesting subject but the appalling editing has really let the book down. I can only think Pen & Sword's proof reader must have been on holiday as there are misspellings and typos throughout the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Technical detail and narrative excellent 11 Sept. 2013
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Well written book with much technical detail, balanced out with descriptions of the impact of the Naval limitation treaties on world history

Not for every one but, a of interest to naval history buffs and Ex RN cruiser men
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1.0 out of 5 stars You have been warned 29 Aug. 2014
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The book itself gives a most interesting history of the Cruisers built following the various agreements reached between the powers following the Great War. Well written and a mine of information both about the classes, differences, design faults and usefulness to mention but a few of the matters recorded.

It is a great pity that the kindle edition is totally spoilt by the idiot who electronically converted it. So the many photographs are very small indeed when viewed as they all are in portrait format. To enlarge them, merely results in a photograph about a cm longer which is useless. All they had to do was to rotate the photographs so that they were displayed in landscape format neither difficult, nor impossible since if you read the book "the great Edwardian feud", you will see all the photographs are in landscape and as a result are very much larger.

Since the author uses the photographs to point to interesting differences between the various ships it is intensely frustrating not to be able to discern what it is he is referring to due to the small size of the photo.

Sadly all the various Kindle books I have purchased with the exception mentioned above share the same careless approach, making the maps or photographs quite useless even when viewing them under a magnifying glass.. If I was the author of this book I would not be happy at all with the publisher especially as his writing deserves a 4 or 5.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to a interesting subject 14 Jan. 2006
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This is a very good primer to a often neglected part of naval history, the 8" gun treaty cruiser. These ships were elegant, fast and powerful and in many ways represented the pinnacle of inter-war warship construction. Although this book will bring no fresh insights or revelations to those already familiar with the story of these ships it is a enjoyable and well laid out introduction to those wanting to learn about these ships and will wet the appetites of many to dig deeper into the subject.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Way we War 21 Aug. 2014
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Like many people I was interested in the 1921 Washington Treaty which sought to limit naval expenditure between major powers. It concentrated on battleships ("capital ships") but in retrospect the ratio of cruisers was more important, and their specifications in terms of armament. Six or eight 8" guns, or twelve 6"? Or many more AA weapons. But when war did come, the aeroplane was the decisive weapon, whether land or carrier based. Cruisers could give AA fire protection to fleets, and shore bombardment and could do fleet or convoy escort duties. And each power needed more.

In relation to its responsibilities (North and South Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Western Pacific, Mediterranean) Britain never had enough, and it might have been better to use the battleship "ration" for more cruisers instead of expensive and outdated heavy battleships
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5.0 out of 5 stars An interesting read 14 Jun. 2014
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Although I had a general interest in naval matters I had no real knowledge of treaty cruisers. I therefore found this book very interesting as it described the development of these ships and then went on to describe the battles they were involved in. I noted the editing points noted by others but this did not distract from the narrative. A good read and I would recommend to others interested in the endeavours of naval warefare
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4.0 out of 5 stars Navy
Published 3 months ago by john bellhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A good well written account on this subject.
Published 4 months ago by Achebee
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, plenty of information.
Well written,plenty of information.
Published 6 months ago by vicar1937
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
unless you are interested in the history of treaty crusers this book is all about fact no story involved
Published 9 months ago by marilyn farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed on a limited subject.
Limited but very good on a select subject
Published 12 months ago by Mr. Michael J. Shepherd
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good book
I thought I had already reviewed the book , what is going on.
A good book that covers the Treaty cruisers very well.
Published 20 months ago by Pete Amey
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but flawed in places
The Kindle version appears to have a number of issues with formatting. Not a particular problem but annoying in places. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Treaty cruisers
The editing and proof reading of this potentially fascinating book is abyssmal rendering it untrustworthy and at timed almost unreadable
Published on 12 Aug. 2013 by chris westwood
2.0 out of 5 stars Let down by the publisher?
I bought this book as I am mainly interested in British Cruisers. I am fascinated by the financial constraints the Royal Navy had to operate under and how other nations that signed... Read more
Published on 4 Mar. 2010 by I. S. Paul
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