Cruisers of World War Two: An International Encyclopedia/M J Whitley. Brockhampton Press. Hardcover. First edition1999. Out of print. Condition: Very good. ISBN 1860198740
This is a compilation of the operational details of every cruiser that saw service during World War 11, including those of all major combatants as well as the neutral powers. All details are given concerning number of ships in each class, their dimensions, weapons, operational history and final disposition, together with those that were lost during that period, for whatever reason.
Together with diagrams, photographs, bibliography and index, the comprehensive information also includes a short introduction to the development of the cruiser type in both World Wars. One of the most interesting themes that emerges is the naval architects’ frenzied quest for the ideal compromise between speed, striking power, protection and range.