a destroyer of the V & W Class, the most advanced in the world when
built and arguably the most successful ever. Sixty-nine were built at
end of the Great War. By the end of World War II all had been
or scrapped but during those thirty years thousands of men served on
This is possibly the most detailed study yet of the contribution made by a typical “old warrior” of this class to winning the war with end notes and citations plus a list of all its officers from 1919-46 and a list of known ratings. It begins with a comparative survey of the world’s destroyers in 1919 and ends with a list of all the V & Ws giving date of construction and ultimate fate.
The story of HMS Venomous is told by its officers and crew and illustrated with 170 of their unique photographs taken in the heat of the action plus paintings, drawings and maps. Read more about the book and reviews of the book.
A Hard Fought Ship: the story of HMS Venomous; by R.J. Moore and J.A. Rodgaard. Holywell House Publishing, 14 April 2010. OUT OF PRINT
234x156 mm with 412 pp, 200 photographs
maps and plans.
ISBN 978-0-9559382-4-5 Hardback, £35
A Hard Fought ship was "launched"
at the RN Museum, Portsmouth,
on the 14 April 2010
Follow in the wake of HMS Venomous on this web site by checking "What's New"
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HMS Cavalier and the Destroyer Memorial
commemorates the 143 Royal Naval destroyers sunk during the Second World War and the 11,000 men who lost their lives