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Treaty Cruisers (Paperback)

The First International Warship Building Competition

WWII Maritime

By Leo Marriott
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 176
ISBN: 9781526748508
Published: 14th January 2019
Last Released: 11th July 2019

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The Washington Naval Treaty of 1921 and subsequent treaties in the 1930s effectively established the size and composition of the various navies in World War II. In particular they laid down design parameters and tonnage limitations for each class of warship including battleships, aircraft carriers, cruisers and destroyers. With one or two exceptions, battleship construction was deferred until the mid 1930s but virtually all navies embraced the concept of the 8in gun-armed 10,000 ton heavy cruiser and laid down new vessels almost immediately. This book traces the political processes which led to the treaties, describes the heavy cruisers designed and built to the same rules by each nation and then considers how the various classes fared in World War II and assesses which were the most successful.

Ships from the navies of Britain (County Class), France (Duquense, Suffren and Algeria Classes), Italy (Trento, Zara and Bolzano Classes), Germany (Hipper Class), the USA (Pensacola, Northampton, Portland, New Orleans, Wichita and Baltimore Classes) and Japan (Furatake, Asoba, Myoko, Takoa, Mogami and Tone Classes) are included. Appendices cover construction tables, history of each ship, technical specifications, armament and aircraft carried.

The author has crafted a book that is both a technical read and popular history. The book provides an excellent overview of the reasoning each country employed in building its interwar cruiser force and how they committed these ships to battle. If development of and employment of weapon systems is of interest to you, this is a must-read book.

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Naval Historical Foundation

This 2019 version continues to be a must read for both naval historians and warship modellers alike.

Model Boats, March 2019 – reviewed by John Deamer

About Leo Marriott

Leo Marriott has written numerous books on aviation, naval and military subjects including Treaty Cruisers, Catapult Aircraft, Jets at Sea, Early Jet Fighters: British and American 1944-1954 and Early Jet Bombers 1944-1954. He is now retired after a fifty-year career as an air traffic controller but still maintains his pilot’s licence flying a syndicate-owned Cessna 172. Apart from aviation and naval history, his other interests include sailing, photography and painting.

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