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5.0 out of 5 stars The only reference work on this subject you will need., 11 Mar 2003
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Ned Middleton (British professional underwater photo-journalist & author) - See all my reviews
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As a scuba diver of almost 30 years experience and something of an expert on "shipwrecks," I have visited a small number of Destroyer wrecks over the years. Just as soon as this book arrived on my desk, therefore, I went straight to one very specific ship that is well known to me. I found she was portrayed by a photograph I had not seen before and my first reaction was to say to myself "so that's what I was looking at."

"Destroyers of World War Two - An International Encyclopaedia" is a large soft-back book measuring 9" x 9" containing over 300 pages packed with solid information about each type of ship laid out country-by-country. If you want to know anything about a Destroyer from WW2 - then that information is right here.

Commencing with an informative introduction in which the author explains the origins of the Destroyer and its brief history up to the end of WW2, we then find the navies from that period laid out alphabetically from Argentina to Yugoslavia. Within each of these countries, their Destroyer fleets are then listed by type of vessel with full specifications and an illustration. Each country is then neatly finished off with the details of any ships which were either captured or transferred from elsewhere.

This is a work of reference will which stand the test of time. It is a scholarly work and extremely well illustrated throughout - with at least one image on every page. Though previously published in 1988, I am sure there will be plenty of people who missed this book first time around and who are now only too pleased of the opportunity to purchase once again. I know I was.

I congratulate the author on such a thorough job of work.

NM
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, at-a-glance resource, 16 Jun 2010
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This is a weighty book packed full of information. It is a very useful at-a-glance, look-up resource of every destroyer class in service during the 1939-45 war.

The information is presented by country in alphabetical order, and for each ship class, typically gives full specifications and performance data, tabular lists of each ship in the relevant class by name, with pennant number, dates of service and eventual disposition. There is also a very handy summary of the modifications carried out to each class, and a potted service history for each class.

As the title suggests, this is a reference encyclopedia with lots of black and white photos throughout, but should not be regarded as a comprehensive history of destroyer operations during WW2, but a very handy and comprehensive summary of the world's destroyers during the period described.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a must-have if interested WW II Destroyers of all nations, 13 Nov 2000
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E Cowperthwaite (Humpty Doo, NT Australia) - See all my reviews
I have not read this edition, but if the first edition published in 1988 is anything to go by, it is a must-have book for any-one wishing to study the destroyers of WW II. There are, of course, other books but usually they deal with destroyers of individual countries i.e. USA, UK, Germany & Japan - this book puts them all together in one volume and while it may not be as detailed as others, it is a excellant starting point. Recommended
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