British Warships & Auxiliaries 1952 - Steve BushLiskeard: Maritime Books, 2011, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good+ — in Very Good+ Dust Wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Tables; Silhouettes;
From the cover: “To celebrate Her Majesty the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012 Maritime Books have produced here a 1952 edition of their hugely successful annual publication British Warships and Auxiliaries.
In both 1952 and 2012 the UK found itself in a strikingly similar situation. In both periods the UK was in the midst of recession while at die same time fighting medium scale wars east of Suez, Korea in 1952 and Afghanistan in 2012.
By 1952 the Royal Navy was restructuring after prolonged operations during the Second World War — having to absorb new technologies while at the same time trying to stave off mass obsolescence. In 2012, the long period of the Cold War was but a fading memory, yet still the Royal Navy was seeking to adapt to a new way of operating, moving away from sustained anti-submarine operations and more into littoral operations and delivering ‘effect’ from the sea to the shore.
In both periods the Naval budget was being squeezed, yet while 2012 saw the Royal Navy at its smallest for many a generation, the Royal Navy of 1952 was undergoing a massive programme of regeneration. Full details of the fleet as it was in 1952, including the Active and Reserve Fleets, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Naval Aviation and the Dominion Navies…all here.
Also included are details of die future fleet — a build programme which included seven aircraft carriers, dozens of frigates and over 100 minesweepers.”