Fighting Flotilla

RN Laforey Class Destroyers in World War II

By: Peter C Smith
Format: Hardback
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781848842731
Published: 5th July 2010
RRP / Print Price: £19.99

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Fighting Flotilla

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 theatres of war including Force H, sailing between Gibraltar and Malta, from where they operate 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 honours for each ship in the class.

Peter C. Smith is one of the world’s leading authors on things maritime and is highly respected throughout the world.

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