Stroud, 1st.ed., 2000. Xii + 180 pp., over 200 photo-ills. D.j., 27 x 20cm. FINE. Cruisers feature amongst the most aesthetically pleasing of warships and in both size and armament they showed a wider range of variation than other large warships. The last British cruiser was laid down in 1942 and their like will never be seen again. The author has drawn together over 200 photographs in order to celebrate the development of British and Commonwealth cruisers ' especially those vessels that served during the major wars of the 20th century. Many of the photographs are reproduced for the first time. They include early classes, ships completed after 1945, and those transferred to other navies. Such developments as anti-aircraft armament, camouflage paint schemes, and the introduction of radar are described. Victorian cruisers that fought during the First World War are featured.