British and Empire Warships of the Second World War by H. T. Lenton

British and Empire Warships of the Second World War by H. T. Lenton soon to be presented for sale on the exceptional BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: Greenhill Books, 1998, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Illustrated by way of: Black and White Photographs; Ribbon Marker; Published and distributed in the United States of America by the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, Maryland.

From the cover: British and Empire Warships of the Second World War i> is the culmination of thirty-seven years work by an experienced naval officer. The data accumulated far exceeds anything held in official records and has been painstakingly put together by a dedicated naval expert pre-eminent in his field. The book catalogues, in encyclopaedic detail, the navies of Great Britain and what was its empire. No similar work exists, as other books tend to concentrate on particular classes of ships or a selection of warships from the navies.

In this comprehensive and definitive reference work H. T. Lenton has detailed all the warships of the British, Dominion and Colonial naval forces that participated in the Second World War. The back-ground history of each category of warship is given, with extensive tables for the individual units, specifying the name, builder, engine manufacturer, building dates and ultimate fate of each vessel, where known. For each class of warship dimensions, displacements, armament and armour thicknesses are detailed. There are 634 photographs, some of which are unique, to provide the reader with the complete view.

A vast fleet came into existence under the powerful stimulus of war, and underwent a dramatic and sudden demise at the end of the conflict. British and Empire Warships of the Second World War covers all of the major surface warships, flotilla vessels, minelayers, minesweepers, trawlers, whalers, amphibious forces, coastal forces and miscellaneous vessels. In addition, there are detailed appendices on radar, sonar equipment and pendant numbers, adding to the value of this magnificent and breathtaking study, destined to be the standard reference work on the subject for many years to come.

Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper, which is unevenly tanned, with a heavy pull to the foot of the upper panel, resulting crease and short tape-repaired tears. Pulled more lightly at the head of the same panel and the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 766 pages. Index. 11″ x 8¾”.

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