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British Crusiers of the Victorian Era,
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On first read this is a really excellent book and there are many pictures I had not seen before. Purchasers should be aware that the title is entirely accurate as the first 2/3rds of the book is the move from wooden hulls and steam engines to iron hulls.
The book is full of detail and well worth the price. With any book it could be better but much of this is doubtless due to the cost limitations of publishing.
1) Lots of detailed plans but they are printed quite small
2) No schematics of armour layout. It's all in the text which can sometimes be hard to form a visual image.
3) I can't find the town class "Bristols" of WW1? I'm still looking through the text but they are light cruisers so may be outside the scope of this book which focus is more on the medium to heavy/armoured crusiers.
4) Some pictures of necessity have had to be split accross two pages.
5) Not many reports of how they performed in action or action damge photos (they may not exist?)
Some plus points:
1) Excellent printing and paper
2) Excellent photographs
3) Narrative very good
4) Wealth of detail excellent
5) well worth the price
6) Unusual subject matter
7) Adds significantly to the knowledge of these vessels
Overall a really nice addition to my collection and covers a subject which has previously not recieved much attention. I anticipate hours of happy reading.
Note to the publisher if it were possible to have a couple of larger fold out plans this would make all the difference!