US Heavy Cruisers 1941–45

Pre-war Classes

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US Heavy Cruisers 1941–45

Pre-war Classes

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Designed and produced under the regulations of the Washington Naval Treaty, the heavy cruisers of the Pensacola, Northampton, Portland, New Orleans and Wichita classes were exercises in compromise. While they possessed very heavy armament – the Pensacolas, for example, carrying a main battery of ten 8” guns – this came at the cost of protection – armor was the same thickness as a gun cruiser, and incapable of protecting the vessels from enemy 8” fire. As the classes evolved, these flaws began to be corrected, with the main battery being reduced, and increased protection being added to the vital areas of the ship. Despite these drawbacks, the pre-war heavy cruiser classes served with distinction throughout World War II.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ US naval strategy and the role of the heavy cruiser/ US heavy cruiser design and development and impact of the Washington and London Naval Treaties/ Armament/ Radar/ The Heavy Cruiser Classes/ Analysis and Conclusion

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Published 20 Apr 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781782006299
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 210
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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