By John Roberts

The brainchild of Admiral Sir John Fisher, battlecruisers mixed heavy weapons and excessive velocity within the biggest hulls in their period. Conceived as ‘super-cruisers’ to seek down and smash trade raiders, their dimension and gun-power ended in their inclusion within the battlefleet as a quick squadron of capital ships. This e-book lines intimately the advance of Fisher’s unique notion into first battlecruiser Invincible of 1908, via to the ‘Splendid Cats’ of the Lion category, and culminating in HMS Hood in 1920, the biggest warship on the earth for the following 20 years. The origins of the bizarre ‘light battlecruisers’ of the brave kind also are covered.

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