Thursday, February 14, 2013

Town Class Cruisers


2012 Maritime Books

After reading this book right after completing C Class Destroyers from the same publisher, I can tell you that reading of both was enjoyable.
Other works to date have focused on the technical history of these famous cruisers, but this one details their operational service.
Conceived in the 1930s as a response to the growing size and capability of cruisers, these ships were the British response. Four of these ships were lost in action, Edinburgh, Gloucester, Manchester & Southampton. Six served in the postwar fleet with one preserved by the Imperial War Museum in London, HMS Belfast/
Three small errors noted in the text:

  • Plumper blocks called plummer blocks
  • Type 279 numbers transposed as Type 297
  • Confusion on Saint John, New Brunswick and St John's. Newfoundland
Profusely illustrated, this book is highly recommended. 

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