Destroyers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia by M. J. Whitley

Destroyers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia by M. J. Whitley soon to be presented for sale on the wonderful BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Arms & Armour Press, 1988, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Diagrams; Tables;

From the cover: Fast, compact and formidable, destroyers were in the thick of the action in every theatre of operations during the Second World War. A destroyer was a glamorous command for a young naval officer but it was likely to be a hard one.

By the beginning of the Second World War, the greyhound of the sea had come of age; the years of conflict during the First World War had forged the new weapon into an effective and useful class of warship indeed, such was the demand for these versatile ships that every commanding officer was wont to declaim that there were never enough destroyers. Twenty years later the same complaint was to be repeated, despite the fact that more than 2,500 destroyers were to take part in the war.

Demands made upon the flotillas were enormous: not only were they to escort the main battle fleets into action, but they were also called upon to escort convoys, protecting their charges against the depredations of aircraft and submarine. The torpedo role, the genus of the type, diminished; increasingly, destroyers were called upon to perform a wide range of duties, often of the most hazardous nature. Losses were high.

Illustrated with more than 480 photographs and line drawings, Destroyers of World War Two is the first large-scale, comprehensive encyclopedia to detail in one volume all the destroyers extant, completed or laid down during the period 1939-45 by the navies of the world. Each class is described under three headings, Design, Modifications and Service, while full data tabulations are also presented, including builder, laying-down, launching and commissioning dates, notes on the fate of each ship and particulars including dimensions, armament and performance. 400 photographs accompany the entries, and each class is illustrated with line drawings showing plan and profile.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper faded at the spine otherwise a very well presented copy.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 320 pages. Index. Bibliography. 10″ x 9¾”.

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