Philip Short

Here is an aerial photograph of the heavy cruiser, HMS Dorsetshire at speed: a sleek, silver streak of naval power cutting through the wine dark sea. The caption tells us: She was in Cape Town numerous times between December 1939 and December 1941. She was sunk in April 1942 by the Japanese along with her sister ship HMS Cornwell. The war saw the end of so many huge floating gun platforms as aircraft carriers changed the very nature of sea battles.


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