US Heavy Cruisers 1941–45

US Heavy Cruisers 1941–45

Pre-war Classes

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  • Author: Mark Stille
  • Illustrator: Paul Wright
  • Short code: NVG 210
  • Publication Date: 20 Apr 2014
  • Number of Pages: 48
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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.

Biographical Note

Mark E. Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He has worked in the intelligence community for 30 years including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is currently a senior analyst working in the Washington DC area. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles, focusing on naval history in the Pacific. He is also the author of several wargames.

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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