Since World War II the old categories of destroyer and frigate have tended to merge, a process that author Norman Friedman traces back to the radically different Tribal-class destroyers of 1936. This volume covers the development of all the modern destroyer classes that fought in the war. It looks at the emergency programs that produced vast numbers of trade protection vessels sloops, corvettes, and frigates and analyzes the pressures that shaped the post-war fleet and, until recently, dominated design.
Written by America s leading authority on naval construction, it is an objective but sympathetic view of the difficult economic and political environment in which British designers had to work, and benefits from the author s ability to compare and contrast the U.S. Navy s experience. Dr. Friedman is renowned for his ability to explain the policy and strategy changes that drive design decisions, and British Destroyers & Frigates uses previously unpublished material to draw a new and convincing picture of British naval policy over the previous eight decades. Successful with enthusiasts and professionals alike from its first publication in 2006, this is the book s third edition.
|Publisher:||Naval Institute Press|
|Product dimensions:||9.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.90(d)|
About the Author
NORMAN FRIEDMAN is one of the most prominent naval analysts in the United States. His work ranges from current strategic issues to naval history, but he is particularly known for his penetrating studies of warship design. A frequent visitor to British archives, he is as much at home dealing with the Royal Navy as American naval subjects.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My question with this book was whether it was going to be merely a rehash of Friedman's "The Post-War Naval Revolution," the answer being very much no. In fact, the best chapters are probably those dealing with British World War II construction from the "Tribal" class ships on, reaching a level of analysis comparable to Friedman's books on USN ship types. There are also numerous good drawings and photos, which are well served by the large format of the book.