Battleships of the United States Navy

Battleships of the United States Navy

by Michael Green

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Overview

From 1895 to 1944 the US Navy commissioned some 60 steel-clad battleships; the first being Indiana (BB-1) and the last USS Missouri (BB-63). After an impressive showing in the Spanish-American War and the ‘Great White Fleet’s’ circumnavigation of the world, US battleships played only a minor role in the First World War. They came into their own in WW2 primarily bombarding enemy held coastal regions and supporting Allied operations in Europe and the Pacific. Their firepower was awesome and the later examples had nine 16-inch and up to twenty 5-inch guns plus copious antiaircraft defenses.

On the few occasions these mighty ships took on Japanese counterparts, they performed brilliantly but protection of the increasingly important aircraft couriers was more decisive. Armor plate nearly a foot and a half thick saved many from fatal attack from suicidal kamikaze pilots.

Post WW2 the battleships were relegated to war reserve status but later their value projecting American military power worldwide and their conversion to platforms for cruise missile saw their rebirth. The last US battleship retired in 1992 having served in the Korean and Vietnam War, the Middle East and finally Desert Storm.

This fine book gives the expert and layman a privileged overview of one of the greatest weapon systems in military history.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783030354
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/19/2014
Series: Images of War Series
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 524,309
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series. He lives in California.

Table of Contents

Dedication 4

Foreword 5

Acknowledgements and notes 7

Chapter 1 Early Battleships 9

Chapter 2 Dreadnoughts 58

Chapter 3 Super Dreadnoughts 105

Chapter 4 Fast Battleships 152

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