British Light Cruisers 1939-45 (New Vanguard, Volume 194) by Angus Konstam

By Angus Konstam

Cruisers turned Britain's crucial vessel for safeguarding battleships, providers, and convoys as opposed to jap, Italian, and Nazi German trade raiders, submarines, plane, and destroyers.

The gentle cruiser was once a average improvement of the crusing frigate - a quick multi-purpose warship which could patrol the ocean lanes, safeguard convoys and scout for enemy conflict fleets. through the inter-war interval the necessity for this kind of send used to be much more vital, given the expanding want for cover from plane, and the necessity to reveal the fleet from submarines or destroyers.

During the 1930's a brand new team of British mild cruisers have been commissioned, designed to switch an previous new release of warships designed through the nice conflict. those new ships have been glossy, quickly, and depended on the 6-inch gun - a attempted and established weapon that mixed hitting energy with a excessive expense of fireside. A moment new release of sunshine cruisers throughout the overdue 1930's, armed with twelve 6-inch weapons apiece. this type of - HMS Belfast - remains to be afloat today.

Finally the risk posed via German plane ended in the conversion of a few older warships into anti-aircraft cruisers - a stopgap degree until eventually a brand new type of those robust and much-needed warships entered carrier. by way of this time wartime event had proven that the British gentle cruiser used to be the most flexible varieties of send within the Royal military, in a position to defend different warships, bombard enemy seashores, protect life-saving convoys and intercept and damage enemy warships. those have been actually the workhorses of the wartime Royal army. whereas the battleships and vendors grabbed the headlines, those modern, based warships quietly obtained on with the activity of securing keep an eye on of the seas.

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Like the 4-inch guns, what made these light AA weapons more effective was the addition of radar fire control. Air search radars prepared the AA gunners for what was coming, and then sets like Type 282 and 285 helped feed information to the AA batteries during an air attack. com Less useful were the suite of torpedoes carried on board most light cruisers, and the aircraft with their attendant facilities. Both proved a liability in action as a hit on their position could cause an explosion or fires, and they were deployed with such infrequency that the ships were probably better off without them.

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The crew of the DCT also observed the fall of shot, and so corrected the aim of the guns until their shells were hitting the target. This form of visual fire control was used by the light cruisers Ajax and Achilles during the battle of the River Plate. On the morning of 13 December 1939 they engaged the German pocket battleship Graf Spee, supported by the heavy cruiser Exeter. The way the battle was fought was similar to the naval engagements of World War I, as gun direction teams used magnified rangefinders to track the enemy and to direct the fire of the guns.

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