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Destroyers - U.S. Navy: books (WW II)

A book on destroyers of the US Navy? Here are books on the history and technology of the American destroyers from World War II, including the Buckley class.

U.S. Destroyers - An illustrated design history (Revised Edition)

This is one the most comprehensive references available on the entire development of U.S. Destroyers, from their early torpedo boat forebears to the mass-produced Fletcher-class of World War II, through the Spruance and Perry classes of the Cold War, and to the workhorse Arleigh Burke-class of the contemporary Navy. Like the other books in Friedman's design-history series, U.S. Destroyers is based largely on formerly classified internal U.S. Navy records.

Friedman, a leading authority on U.S. warships, explains the political and technical rationales of warship construction and recounts the evolution of each design. Alan Raven and A.D. Baker III have created detailed scale outboard and plan views of each ship class and of major modifications to many classes. Numerous photographs complement the text.

The Norman Friedman Illustrated Design History series of U.S. warships books has been an industry standard for three decades and has sold thousands of copies worldwide. To mark and celebrate this achievement, the Naval Institute Press is proud to make these books available once more.
Digitally remastered for enhanced photo resolution and quality, corrected, and updated, this series will continue to serve - for scholars and enthusiasts alike - as the foundation for U.S. naval warship research and reference for years to come.

Author:Norman Friedman
Specs:502 pages, 28 x 21.5 x 3 cm / 11 x 8.5 x 1.18 in, hardback
Illustrations:numerous photographs and drawings
Publisher:Naval Institute Press (USA, 2021)
Book: U.S. Destroyers - An illustrated design history (Revised Edition)

U.S. Destroyers - An illustrated design history (Revised Edition)

Language: English

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US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916-45 : Caldwell, Wickes, and Clemson classes (Osprey)

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.

Author:Mark Lardas
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:58 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2018)
Series:New Vanguard (259)
Book: US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916-45 : Caldwell, Wickes, and Clemson classes (Osprey)

US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916-45 : Caldwell, Wickes, and Clemson classes

Language: English

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US Destroyers 1934-45 - Pre-war Classes (Osprey)

Since the beginning of the 20th century, destroyers have been all-purpose ships, indispensable in roles large and small - from delivering the mail at sea to screening other vessels and, where larger ships were not present, forming the front line in battle.

This title details the 169 ships of ten US Navy classes introduced in the 1930s: early 1,500-tonners and 1,850-ton destroyer leaders designed to conform to the 1930 London Naval Treaty, plus the successor 1,570-ton Sims class and 1,620- and 1,630-ton Benson and Gleaves classes.
In wartime, most 1,500-tonners and leaders initially saw front line duty in the Pacific but were relegated to secondary assignments as newer vessels arrived; while the later 1,620- and 1,630-tonners became the standard destroyers of the Atlantic War.
This volume reveals the fascinating design story behind these pioneering classes - from the constraints of peacetime treaties to advances in propulsion engineering, and wartime modifications. With an operational overview of their service and tables listing all ships by class, builder, and initial squadron, this is the definitive guide to the pre-war US destroyer classes.

Author:Dave McComb
Specs:48 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2010)
Series:New Vanguard (162)
Book: US Destroyers 1934-45 - Pre-war Classes (Osprey)

US Destroyers 1934-45 - Pre-war Classes

Language: English

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US Destroyers 1942-45 - Wartime Classes (Osprey)

Few if any 20th century warships were more justly acclaimed than the destroyers of the U.S. Navy's Fletcher class. Admired as they were for their advanced and rakish design, it was their record as workhorses of the Pacific War that placed them among the most battle-tested and successful fighting ships of all time.

This title describes the Fletchers and their Allen M. Sumner- and Gearing-class derivatives, their machinery, armament, and construction, with a listing of all 343 ships by hull number and builder. It features an operational history of the 287 ships commissioned during World War II, which traces the evolution of night surface action tactics in the Solomon Islands and the parallel development of the Combat Information Center; the drive across the Pacific and liberation of the Philippines with tables showing the rapid introduction of new squadrons; and the radar pickets' climactic stand against kamikaze aircraft at Okinawa.
With summaries of losses and decorations and specially commissioned artwork, this is a definitive book on the wartime US destroyer classes.

Contents: Introduction - Design and development - Service modifications and conversions - Operational histories - Conclusion.

Author:Dave McComb
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2010)
Series:New Vanguard (165)
Book: US Destroyers 1942-45 - Wartime Classes (Osprey)

US Destroyers 1942-45 - Wartime Classes

Language: English

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USS Kidd (DD-661): From WWII and Korea to Museum Ship (Legends of Warfare)

USS Kidd (DD-661) is the only Fletcher-class destroyer preserved in WWII configuration. With 175 total ships launched, the Fletchers were the most numerous and most impactful class of destroyers in the US Navy during the Second World War.
DD-661 was named for RAdm. Isaac C. Kidd, who was killed onboard the Battleship Arizona at Pearl Harbor. USS Kidd saw action in both the Atlantic and in the Pacific. In April 1945, the ship was seriously damaged by a Kamikaze strike. Kidd was recommissioned during the Korean War, and finally decommissioned for the final time in 1964.

The interior and exterior of the ship have been painstakingly restored and preserved in Baton Rouge by the Louisiana Naval War Memorial Commission. This work uses color photography to provide readers an illustrated tour of the ship, above and below deck.

Author:David Doyle
Specs:112 pages, 22 x 24.5 x 2.3 cm / 8.7 x 9.7 x 0.91 in, hardback
Illustrations:283 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Schiffer Publishing Ltd (USA, 2022)
Series:Legends of Warfare
Book: USS Kidd (DD-661): From WWII and Korea to Museum Ship (Legends of Warfare)

USS Kidd (DD-661): From WWII and Korea to Museum Ship

Language: English

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USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine : The Pacific 1941-42 (Osprey)

Leading up to the Pacific War, Japanese naval strategists believed that a decisive fleet engagement would be fought against the United States Navy. Outnumbered by the USN, the Imperial Japanese Navy planned to use its large, ocean-going submarines to chip away at its opponent before the grand battle.
In order to accomplish this, the IJN's submarine force was tasked to perform extended reconnaissance of the USN's battle fleet, even in port, and then shadow and attack it.
For their part, the USN was fully aware of the potential threat posed by Japanese submarines, and destroyer crews were trained and equipped with modern anti-submarine weapons and tactics to screen the battle fleet.

Challenging the assumption that Japanese submarines were ineffective during the Pacific War, this fully illustrated study examines their encounters with the US Navy, and the successes and failures of American destroyers in protecting their capital ships.

Author:Mark Stille
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:76 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2018)
Series:Duel (90)
Book: USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine : The Pacific 1941-42 (Osprey)

USN Fleet Destroyer vs IJN Fleet Submarine : The Pacific 1941-42

Language: English

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USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer - The Pacific, 1943 (Osprey)

This book covers the fierce night naval battles fought between the US Navy and the Imperial Japanese Navy during late 1943 as the Allies advanced slowly up the Solomons Islands toward the major Japanese naval base at Rabaul. During this period, several vicious actions were fought featuring the most modern destroyers of both navies.

Throughout most of 1942, the Imperial Navy had held a marked edge and a key ingredient of these successes was their destroyer force, which combined superior training and tactics with the most capable torpedo in the world. Even into 1943 mixed Allied light cruiser/destroyer forces were roughly handled by Japanese destroyers.

After these battles, the Americans decided to stop chasing Japanese destroyers with cruisers so the remainder of the battles in 1943 (with one exception) were classic destroyer duels.
The Americans still enjoyed the technical edge provided to them by radar, and now added new, more aggressive tactics. The final result was the defeat of the Imperial Navy's finely trained destroyer force and the demonstration that the Japanese were unable to stop the Allies' advance.

Author:Mark Stille
Specs:80 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.24 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2012)
Series:Duel (48)
Book: USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer - The Pacific, 1943 (Osprey)

USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer - The Pacific, 1943

Language: English

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US Navy Destroyer Escorts of World War II (Osprey)

The Destroyer Escort was the smallest ocean- going escort built for the United States Navy - a downsized destroyer with less speed, fewer guns, and fewer torpedoes than its big brother, the fleet destroyer. Destroyer escorts first went into production because the Royal Navy needed an escort warship which was larger than a corvette, but which could be built faster than a destroyer. Lacking the shipyards to build these types of ships in Britain, they ordered them in the US.

Once the US unexpectedly entered World War II, its navy suddenly also needed more escort warships, even warships less capable than destroyers, and the destroyer escort was reluctantly picked to fill the gap. Despite the Navy's initial reservations, these ships did yeoman service during World War II, fighting in both the Atlantic and Pacific, taking on both U-boat and Japanese submarines and serving as the early warning pickets against kamikazes later in the war.
They also participated in such dramatic actions as the Battle of Samar (where a group of destroyers and destroyer escorts fought Japanese battleships and cruisers to protect the escort carriers they were shielding) and the capture of the U-505 (the only major naval vessel captured at sea by the US Navy).

The destroyer escorts soldiered on after World War II in both the United States Navy and a large number of navies throughout the world, with several serving into the twenty-first century. This book tells the full story of these plucky ships, from their design and development to their service around the world, complete with stunning illustrations and contemporary photographs.

Author:Mark Lardas
Specs:48 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:40 b&w photographs, drawings in colour
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2020)
Series:New Vanguard (289)
Book: US Navy Destroyer Escorts of World War II (Osprey)

US Navy Destroyer Escorts of World War II

Language: English

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Minensucher der U.S. Navy - seit 1920

Die US-amerikanische Marine ist heute mit ihren beeindruckenden Flugzeugträgern, modernsten Kreuzern und Zerstörern unbestritten die größte und mächtigste der Welt.
Minenschiffe wurden dabei erstaunlicherweise in den letzten Jahrzehnten eher vernachlässigt. Wohl auch wegen ihrer besonderen Fähigkeiten, die eher den kleineren Marinen auf den Leib geschneidert sind.

Wilhelm M. Donko stellt in dieser Dokumentation alle Minensuch- und Minenräumschiffe der U.S. Navy nach Typen und Klassen vor und beschreibt alle jemals als solche klassifizierten Einheiten der Zwischenkriegsjahre über den Zweiten Weltkrieg bis in die Gegenwart.

Author:Wilhelm Maximilian Donko
Specs:224 pages, 26.5 x 23 cm / 10.4 x 9.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:250 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Motorbuch Verlag (D, 2021)
Book: Minensucher der U.S. Navy - seit 1920

Minensucher der U.S. Navy - seit 1920

Language: German

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