1st.ed., 1956. 237 pp, 31 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Slightly chipped d.j. o/w Nr.FINE. A history of the first eighty-six years since the birth of the British destroyer and a record of its vital role in two major world conflicts and countless other wars and affrays in which the destroyer has been called upon to fight or to keep the peace. During this period these vessels grew from tiny 100-ton torpedo boats to the handsome and complex 3,000-ton Daring class destroyers of the 1950's. The author describes the ships and their actions from 1870 to 1956. A HISTORY OF BRITISH DESTROYERS UP TO 1956. EXCELLENT COPY.