Ronald Bassett
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Pages: 296

A lean and hungry breed of warship, the battle cruisers burned their names deeply into the annals of sea-warfare.Fast and heavy-gunned, the battle-cruiser could overhaul and destroy anything at sea except the battleship.The brain child of Admiral Jacky Fisher, the battle-cruiser was intended to be light, fast, and able to avoid action with ships-of-the-line.However, the battle-cruisers came to be treated as fast battleships…And expected to fight as a battleship.But their design rendered them vulnerable and left them outmatched.This weakness was cruelly exposed at the battle of Jutland in 1916, where three of the battle-cruisers exploded.Known as the ‘Splendid Cats’ for their speed and viciousness, battle cruisers fought at Heligoland Bight, the Falkland’s Islands, Dogger Bank and Jutland. Following the First World War the battle-cruisers biggest enemy was the scrapyard.Once more ...
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