The Tribals: Biography of a Destroyer Class by Martin H. Brice

The Tribals: Biography of a Destroyer Class by Martin H. Brice soon to be presented for sale on the incomparable BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: Ian Allan, 1971, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Jacket illustration: HMS Matabele by George Heiron. Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Tables;

From the cover: Practically everyone knows of HMS Cossacks magnificent exploit in a Norwegian fiord in February 1940 when her crew rescued 299 captive British merchant seamen from the Altmark. Cossack was just one of 27 Tribal Class destroyers which served in the Royal Navy and the Royal Australian and Royal Canadian Navies from 1938 to 1969. They were considered by many to be the finest of their type.

The Tribals probably saw more action over a longer period of time, and over a greater area of the globe, than any other class of destroyer. They took part in almost every Home Fleet and Mediterranean action, the D-Day operations, the East Indies, the South-West Pacific amphibious landings, the Battle for Leyte Gulf, the surrender of Japan and the Korean War. Technical details are provided, together with lists of commanding officers and pennant numbers, and the ships crests. There are also more than 100 photographs and the book contains a foreword by Admiral Sir Deric Holland-Martin, GCB, DSO, DSC, who commanded both Tartar and Nubian.

The author is at present Deputy Keeper of the Department of Education and Publications at the Imperial War Museum. It was while working there on the preservation of historic ships that he met Captain Bruce, who has preserved the RCN Tribal Haida in Toronto. This comprehensive, exciting account of the Tribals is the result of that meeting.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, a small nick to the foot of the spine which is somewhat faded. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 250 pages. Index. 9¼” x 6″.

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