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Monitors of the Royal Navy: How the Fleet Brought the Great Guns to Bear: The Story of the Monitors in Two World Wars Jim Crossley

Monitors of the Royal Navy: How the Fleet Brought the Great Guns to Bear: The Story of the Monitors in Two World Wars

Jim Crossley

Published February 19th 2013
ISBN : 9781781590515
Hardcover
232 pages
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 About the Book 

Monitor warships mounted the biggest guns ever deployed by the Royal Navy, and played an undeniably important part in Allied efforts during World War One and Two. They were built as cheap disposable ships made out of redundant bits and pieces whichMoreMonitor warships mounted the biggest guns ever deployed by the Royal Navy, and played an undeniably important part in Allied efforts during World War One and Two. They were built as cheap disposable ships made out of redundant bits and pieces which the Admiralty happened to have available which could bring heavy artillery to bear on enemy coasts with pin point accuracy and on at least one occasion a force of only three monitors had a profound effect on the strategic situation in WW I. Being classed as disposable they were often exposed to risks far more recklessly than more expensive battle ships or heavy cruisers. So impressive was their performance in WW I that two were retained in service into WW II and did such good work during the North African campaign that two new ones were built and they fought in the Mediterranean, in the Normandy landings and in the advance of the Allied armies into occupied Europe. They astonished allies and enemies alike with the devastating effect of their accurate fire reaching targets 10 miles or more inland.