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US Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime classes (New Vanguard) Paperback – April 20, 2010
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Coupled with Paul Wright's ability to enhance with his remarkable paintings of ships and actions, the book is both eminently readable and informative. It provides a rare opportunity for naval historians, modelers, and enthusiasts to have so much information in one relatively thin volume. Though in the standard, short-survey, Osprey Publishing military book format, the book is complete and includes descriptions of major engagements as they relate to these ships and their suitability to meet the parameters for which they were designed and built.
U.S. Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime Classes belongs in the library of every naval historian, professional or amateur, as one of the best handy references ever produced.
Although the Fletcher class was the largest class of U.S. Navy Destroyers, comprising 175 ships built from 1941 to 1945 and comprising several subclasses, author David McComb provides a full accounting of each ship by hull number, name, shipyard, bridge configuration, and identifies armament variations for the Fletchers, as well as their successors, the Sumner and Gearing classes. He also identifies the design specifications for each of the three classes of destroyers covered by this book, as well as the initial squadron assignment of each ship and an overall operational history for all three classes of ships, including identification of the squadrons present at each major operation..
To achieve this thorough analysis and description of these classes, this book is brimming with comprehensive charts, as well as photographs, a two-page cutaway full-color drawing of the USS Laffey, a Sumner class ship, historically coorect artists’ renderings of the ships in action, and color profiles illustrating variations in their camouflage schemes.
Additionally, a combat history of the classes is provided that illustrates the important roles these vessels played throughout the war.Read more ›
This Army tanker thoroughly enjoyed reading about the type of ship his father served on (the Vesole, a Gearing class)
A great start for digging into the subject.
One problem I saw with the layout of the book is that the cut away views of the various ship classes are bound into the book so that the middle of the drawing is essentially unviewable. It would have been much better if this page was designed to fold out of the book so that the entire ship can be viewed. For this design flaw, I downgraded the book to 4 stars - otherwise it would have been 5.
It is a very useful book and I encourage any with an interest in US naval vessels to add it to their library.
There is also a table at the end showing how the ship's secondary armament varied as the war progressed. When I first began researching Fletcher class destroyers I was confused by numerous, conflicting descriptions of the ship's 40mm and 20mm anti-aircraft battery. The table in this book shows how the number of these guns evolved from just a few to as many as 14 40mm and 12 20mm barrels as aircraft (and later kamikazes) became the primary threat.
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Dave McComb is, hands down, the expert on the subject. The reading is a little dry but if you want all the facts in one place, this is it.Published 5 months ago by Jeffrey Ballard
I am a naval history buff, but I have a special place for the tin can navy. There is a lot of good information in this book. Read morePublished on July 25, 2014 by Kindle Customer
I highly recommend this book to any Naval enthusiast .
This book is one of two Osprey publishing books covering Destroyers used by the navy from 1942-1945.
Had hoped that this would be better reference material. Enjoy the narrative and pictures including one that I rode in the 1950's.Published on October 2, 2013 by Peter B.Dunbar
Good data and much insight into this topic, a book for dedicated enthusiasts if there ever was one. The end!Published on September 23, 2013 by Stewart F. Davies
This book will be used for a library. Kids enjoy reading about US Destroyers, the book contains great pictures and information. Read morePublished on July 30, 2013 by Samantha Tyrrell