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date: 26 October 2020

battlecruiser, 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Ships and the Sea
Author(s):
 Dear Dear, Peter KempPeter Kemp

a development of the Dreadnought battleships pioneered in Britain. Battlecruisers were designed to function as advanced scouts of the battle fleet, powerful enough to push home their reconnaissance even up to the battle fleet of the enemy, but also fast enough to outstrip it. They carried guns of the same size as the Dreadnought battleships but had a speed of some 4 knots faster, which was attained by cutting down the thickness of their armour protection. They were the brainchild of Admiral ... ...

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