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The Captain Class Frigates in the Second World War: An Operational History of the American-Built Destroyer Escorts Serving Under the White Ensign from Hardcover – 1 Apr 1999

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: US Naval Institute Press (April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557501955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557501950
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,497,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I purchased this for an friends Uncle that served on one of the Frigates during the war, he has not put the book down since he got it, as an 89 year old man, it brought back a lot of sad & happy memories.
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Yes, I know that these were built by the Americans, but we built the Loch/Bay class, starting to use the same principles. But the Americans achieved some very short times on the production of these destroyer escorts. The book is an interesting insight to these vessels delivered to the Royal Navy. It records their achievements and the tragedies, as well as some humourous aspects of their careers. Effectively the US delivered us a whole fleet of ships in a matter of months. But it is true that it takes months to build a ship but hundreds of years to build a Navy. Delivering these ships to the RN started to show the stretch experienced later in the war. Could we build ships that fast these days? Could we man them if required? Hopefully we would find better weapons than the 3" gun these ships had. It is quite a thought provoking book if you think about the speed with with the world changes these days. Would we ever need to build a fleet that fast again?
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My father served on one of these frigates, the "Ekins", the ship was mined (twice) on the same day, they barely made it back to port. The whole book makes exciting reading as it covers the 'scrapes' that all the other ships of that class got into.
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Excellent book, with a lot of valuable information for those whose Fathers's served on those ships. Some very good photographs inside.
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It brought the history of this class of ships to life.
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