Fighting Flotilla

RN Laforey Class Destroyers in World War II

Peter C. Smith

 
Date Published :
July 2010
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
54 b/w in plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781848842731
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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The ‘Laforays’ were the largest, most powerfully armed and successful ships of this type to see frontline action with the Royal Navy in WWII. They were also the handsomest warships to see service and presented a perfect combination of power and speed. They were assigned to the most dangerous theaters of war including Force H, sailing between Gibraltar and Malta, from where they operated against the German supply lines to North Africa. They escorted minelayers into the German backyard in the North Sea and their convoy escort work in the North Atlantic proved them to be highly effective hunter killers of the U-Boat packs that threatened every cargo ship carrying vital supplies to the UK. Such was the pace of their war, that out of the eight ships of the class only one survived the war.

The book also includes chapters on their origin, planning and building, wartime operations and indices cover weapon systems, general fittings and complements and battle honors for each ship in the class.

About The Author
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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.

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