By Norman Friedman

ISBN-10: 184832099X

ISBN-13: 9781848320994

Gradually evolving from the masted steam frigates of the mid-nineteenth century, the 1st smooth cruiser isn't effortless to outline, yet for the sake of this e-book the start line is taken to be Iris and Mercury of 1875. They have been the RN's first steel-built warships; have been designed essentially to be steamed instead of sailed; and shaped the root of a line of succeeding cruiser sessions. the tale ends with the final armoured cruisers, which have been succeeded through the 1st battlecruisers (originally referred to as armoured cruisers), and with the final 3rd type Cruisers (Topaze class), all conceived sooner than 1906. insurance, for this reason, dovetails accurately with Friedman's earlier ebook on British cruisers, even though this one additionally comprises the wartime adventure of the sooner ships.rn the 2 vital topics are cruisers for the fleet and cruisers for out of the country operations, together with (but now not constrained to) alternate security. The distant-waters point covers the belted cruisers, that have been approximately capital ships, meant to house international second-class battleships within the some distance East. the most enemies meditated in this interval have been France and Russia, and the ebook contains British tests in their power and intentions, with decisions as to how exact these tests were.rn As will be anticipated of Friedman, the ebook is deeply researched, unique in its research, and whole of outstanding insights – one other significant contribution to the heritage of British warships.

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