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United States Navy Destroyers (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Modern Warfare Naval American History Photographic Books

By Michael Green
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Series: Images of War
Pages: 208
Illustrations: 250 colour & black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781526758545
Published: 2nd November 2020



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This classic Images of War book traces the key role played by destroyers of the United States Navy since the first order for 16 in 1898. Prior to the USA’s entry into the First World War a further 63 destroyers were commissioned and, due to the U-boat threat, 267 more were authorised by Congress once hostilities were joined.

Between 1932 and Pearl Harbor ten new classes totalling 169 destroyers came into service. During the war years American shipyards turned out a further 334 vessels. Of the three classes, the 175 Fletcher-class were judged the most successful.

The Cold War years saw the development of seven more classes. More recently 82 of the stealth shaped Arleigh Burke class have been ordered but the futuristic Zumwalt-class programme has been curtailed for cost reasons.

Expert author Michael Green is to be commended for compiling this comprehensive account of the USN’s impressive destroyer programme with its authoritative text and superb images.

"This book not only details the ships, their specs and evolution of Destroyers, but also describes in detail many of the weapons, fire control and radar systems (Development and evolution) of these ships with ample photos of each."

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In this lavishly illustrated book the author and naval historian, Michael Green describes every class of destroyer that has been commissioned into the US Navy over the last 100 years.

Model Boats Magazine

"Another winner in the series."

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The Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

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World Ship Society - Marine News, February 2021

This offering from Pen and Sword is a fantastic book for anyone interested in destroyers or the US Navy destroyers it covers such a long period it makes it easy to understand the changes in shape, size and displacement weight of the vessel, armament technology is all included a fantastic book for any military or history library.

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Model Shipwrights

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"This is one neat book on US destroyers. It will be of great interest to ship modelers and naval historians alike. Highly recommended."

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AMPS Indianapolis

Another brilliant book in the Images of War series, this time concentrating on US Destroyers. Faultless.

Books Monthly

Bringing together the whole history of US Navy destroyers was in my opinion a wise choice, even if each class would need a dedicated book. The choice of photos is excellent as are the diagrams (especially those illustrating turrets and pointing and detection mechanisms). Green's book will therefore delight naval history enthusiasts and newbies!

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On The Old Barbed Wire

An interesting read, backed up with a very good collection of detailed images, all with more useful information held in their helpful captions.

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About Michael Green

Michael Green is the author of numerous acclaimed books in the Images of War series including Armour in Vietnam, US Navy Aircraft Carriers, US Battleships, US Navy Submarines, The Patton Tank, US Naval Aviation, American Infantry Weapons, MI Abrams Tank, Combat Aircraft of the USAF, Allied Tanks of the Second World War, Allied AFVs of the Second World War, Axis Tanks of the Second World War , Axis AFVs of WW2, US Military Helicopters, United States Airborne Divisions 1942-2018, US Marine Corps in Vietnam, US Army Armoured Divisions and US Marine Corps in the Korean War.

He lives in California.

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