Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (October 30, 2009)
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within the past due 19th century the arrival of the fashionable torpedo woke the Royal army to a powerful probability to its domination, no longer heavily challenged due to the fact that Trafalgar. For the 1st time a comparatively reasonable weapon had the aptitude to sink the most important, and most expensive exponents of sea strength. no longer strangely, Britain's conventional competitors invested seriously within the new expertise that promised to overthrow the naval prestige quo.The Royal military was once additionally quickly to undertake the hot weapon, however the British focused on constructing counters to the primarily offensive strategies linked to torpedo-carrying small craft. From those efforts got here 'torpedo catchers', torpedo-gunboats and at last the torpedo-boat destroyer, a sort such a success that it eclipsed and the usurped the torpedo-boat itself. With its name shortened to 'destroyer', the sort developed quickly and used to be quickly in carrier in lots of navies, yet in none was once the evolution as speedy or as radical as within the Royal NavyThis publication is the 1st exact examine in their early days, combining technical heritage with an appreciation of the altering position of destroyers and the strategies in their deployment. like every of Friedman's books, it finds the explanation and never simply the method of vital technological advancements.