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The Battle-cruiser HMS Renown 1916-48 (Paperback)

Maritime Royal Navy 1916 1917 1918

By Peter C Smith
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 246
ISBN: 9781848845206
Published: 30th April 2011
Last Released: 24th September 2018



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This is the story of the Royal Navy battle-cruiser HMS Renown, a famous ship with a long and distinguished operational career. Originally built for the First World War she subsequently served in the post-war fleet and took royalty around the world. Modernised just in time for World War Two, she re-joined the fleet in September, 1939 and for the first two years of the war her speed and heavy gun armament made her one of the most important ships of the fleet. She escorted the famous carrier Ark Royal for most of her illustrious career as flagship of Force 'H' in the Mediterranean and took part in many stirring battles and convoy actions. Later she covered Russian convoys in the Arctic before going out to the Indian Ocean where she took part in attacks on Japanese targets in the Indian Ocean. Her final duties included the meeting of King George VI and President Truman in 1945. A host of fresh detail coupled with eyewitness memoirs from former crew members make this an outstanding warship biography.

Ten years on with two reprints this is still an outstanding warship biography.

Model Boats, June 2018 – reviewed by John Deamer

If you like a thorough, detailed history of a famous, long lived fighting ship, this volume will give you just what you're looking for. It also provides an insightful look at some of the Royal Navy's more interesting naval leaders, including Admirals Cunningham and Somerville. There are also several reference tables highlighting Renown's cited actions, her commanders, her previous namesake, and several profile illustrations showing her many modifications throughout her service life.

IMPS / USA - Oct 2011

This is a successful book, giving a picture of life n a major warship, as well as a different view of some f the main naval actions of the Second World War.

historyofwar.org - July 2011
 Peter C Smith

About Peter C Smith

Peter C. Smith is well-known to aviation and maritime history readers. He has written over 67 previously published books. Amongst these are Skua, Detroyer Leader, Into the Minefields and Naval Warfare in the English Channel 1939-1945, all published by Pen & Sword.

Peter C. Smith was nominated for the Maritime Foundation’s Mountbatten Maritime Award for Best Literary Contribution for their book : Sailor on the Rocks: Famous Royal Navy Shipwrecks'.

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