ALAN RAVEN is the well-known co-author of British Battleships of World War Two and British Cruisers of World War Two, both classic works in the field. He was also the leading light in the publication of warship monographs in the Ensign and Man'oWar series.
British Cruiser Warfare provides an outstanding contribution to the historiography of the Second World War at sea.... Overall, I found this to be an excellent book which I recommend highly to a wide readership. It has obvious value to historians but contemporary naval professionals will find Raven's description of evolution from pre-war assumptions to the harsh lessons of reality to be valuable. It is a book that stimulates the thought processes into how and why things happened; ships and weapons might have changed but the effect navies try to achieve with them has not altered greatly and much can be learnt from studying how our predecessors did things. --The Australian Naval Institute The book has a unique structure.... appropriate for specialists. --Naval Historical Foundation [A] very well illustrated work. --Strategy Page This is an extremely important book that traces the history of British Cruisers, from the failed designs of the 1930s, through to the up-armouring that was necessary to provide adequate offensive and defensive measures to fight through the unsuccessful Norwegian Campaign, through to the retreat from Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, victory at Taranto, the siege of Tobruk, and finally the lead up to Pearl Harbour and the loss of the Indian Ocean to the IJN at the end of 1941. --The Navy