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Monitor to Missile Boat: Coast Defence Ships and Coastal Defence Since 1860 (Conway's naval history after 1850) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1996


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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd; First Edition edition (31 Dec. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851776507
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851776507
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 1.8 x 27 cm
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,235,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This volume is a study of a key of warship history, the specialist coastal defence ship. From its origin in the monitors of the American Civil War, the type grew into miniature battleships, intended to give countries with no overseas ambitions a credible naval defence. Because of the constraints of size and draught, these ships became very sophisticated concepts, and this text explores their design philosophy. The ships were only one aspect of an integrated strategy that included mines and fortifications and, in the late-19th century, the torpedo-boat was added to the mix. Hence, the book analyzes the changing ideas of coastal defence, as well as its technology. The World War II battles around Scandinavia and in the Far East seemed to mark the extinction of the traditional type, but the concept has been revived since 1945 in the form of the missile boat, a direct decendant of the torpedo craft of the previous century. Some countries are even returning to versions of fixed defences, albeit in a new high-tech form, and the book concludes with a look at possible future developments.


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