Book Review-‘British Cruiser Warfare: The lessons of the early war, 1939–1941’ by A. Raven

By Richard Cannon, published December 2020


Alan Raven is former editor of Combat Fleets, a ship-modeller and a prolific writer on the warships of the Second World War era, mainly but not exclusively British. Having in his previous books written extensively about their technicalities – construction, armament, propulsion etc., – in this book he has turned his attention to the cruisers’ conduct of their war, taking into account as far as possible the enormous variety of influences such as weather and intelligence on the outcome of an action. To do so he has consulted a large number of Admiralty files and other documents in The National Archives, Kew, plus German documents in the US archives: his introduction on ‘sources’ runs to six pages and his bibliography to four. He has limited his account to the first 27 months of the Second World War on the basis that most of the significant lessons of the war at sea had been learned by December 1941, encompassing as they did the first uses of radar and carrier-borne aircraft, with the backing of rapidly expanding radio warfare capability…

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