The Solomons 1943â44: The Struggle for New Georgia and Bougainville (Campaign) | P-39/P-400 Airacobras vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen: New Guinea 1942 (Duel) | Cromwell vs Jagdpanzer IV: Normandy 1944 (Duel) | Soviet Destroyers of World War II (New Vanguard) | Italian Cruisers of World War II (New Vanguard) | Soviet Cruise Missile Submarines of the Cold War (New Vanguard) | Italian Armoured & Reconnaissance Cars 1912â45 (New Vanguard) | Latin American Wars 1900â1941: "Banana Wars," Revolutions & Border Conflicts (Men-at-Arms) | US Marine vs German Soldier: Belleau Wood 1918 (Combat)
Four pipes and flush decks--these ships were a distinctively American destroyer design. Devised immediately prior to and during the United States' involvement in World War I they dominated the US Navy's destroyer forces all the way through to World War II.
They were deployed on North Atlantic and Norwegian Sea convoys, and virtually everywhere in the Pacific, from Alaska to Australia. Fifty were given to Great Britain in its hour of need in 1940, and many would serve in other navies, fighting under the Soviet, Canadian, Norwegian, and even the Imperial Japanese flags. They also served in a variety of roles becoming seaplane tenders, high-speed transports, minesweepers, and minelayers. One was even used as a self-propelled mine during Operation Chariot, destroying the dry dock at St. Nazaire.
Fully illustrated throughout with commissioned artwork and contemporary photographs, this volume reveals the operational history of these US Navy ships that fought with distinction in both World Wars.
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