British Town Class Cruisers: Southampton and Belfast Classes: Design Development and Performance
Conrad Waters

ISBN: 9781526718853 | 288 pages | 8 Mb


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British Town Class Cruisers: Southampton and Belfast Classes: Design Development and Performance Conrad Waters
Publisher: Naval Institute Press

Entering service between 1937 and 1939, the ten British "Town" class cruisers were the most modern vessels of their type in the Royal Navy when World War II began. Built in response to large 6-inch gunned cruisers in the U.S. and Japanese navies and primarily designed for the defense of trade, they saw arduous service in a wide range of roles, playing a decisive part in victories such as the Battle of the Barents Sea and the destruction of the German Navy's Scharnhorst at the North Cape. The cost was heavy: four of the ships were lost and the other six all survived heavy damage, in some cases on more than one occasion.
In this major study, Conrad Waters makes extensive use of archive material to provide a technical evaluation of the "Town" class design and its subsequent performance. He outlines the class's origins in the context of interwar cruiser policy, explains the design and construction process, and describes the characteristics of the resulting ships and how these were adopted in the light of wartime developments. Heavily illustrated with contemporary photographs and drawings by A. D. Baker III, John Jordan, and George Richardson, British Town Class Cruisers provides a definitive reference to one of the Royal Navy's most important World War II warship designs.

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