When war broke out in 1939, only three true battlecruisers remained in the Royal Navy including HMS 'Hood', the world's largest and fastest capital ship for much of her life, which would be destroyed in action against the German battleship 'Bismarck'. Out of the remaining two battlecruisers ('Repulse' and 'Renown') one was sunk by Japanese aircraft off Singapore, whilst the other served with distinction until the end of the war. This book traces the pre-war development of these spectacular warships, then describes their wartime exploits, using this to demonstrate their operational and mechanical performance. It examines what life was like on these wartime battlecruisers when they sailed into action.
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The Vanguard series of books on naval classes are generally quite good in that they give quite a lot of technical and career history of the individual vessels, and while this works quite well for less well known vessels such as heavy and light cruisers it is perhaps less successful when applied to major surface units such as British Battlecruisers, all of which had a long history and lots of technical modifications (although clearly not sufficient in the case of the Hood) prior to 1939. The photographs are good but the artists impressions less so particularly as there exists a vast amount of photographs of these famous ships which could have been used instead.
This slim volume gives a nice account of the British MTB. There's a lot of photos with very nice illustrations and it is an excellent reference aid to building models. The only thing I wish there were more of is illustrations of different colour schemes in the 72.5 ft boats
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