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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

British Royal Navy seemed to use the small cruisers as escort vessels against submarines according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1914-1915 no. 4

An item referred to the magazine Schiffbau No. 13 referring to British newspapers that the intention was to use the small 4.500 tons cruisers more as escort vessels for battleships lacking a secondary armament of 15cm guns than as ‘destroyer of destroyers’. The cruisers were less protected against torpedo attacks than the battleships and the newspapers wondered if the cruisers could be successful of keeping submarines away from the battleships.