US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916–45

Caldwell, Wickes, and Clemson classes

US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916–45 cover

US Flush-Deck Destroyers 1916–45

Caldwell, Wickes, and Clemson classes

Description

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.

Product details

Published Aug 28 2018
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472819994
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 58 col
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 259
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Mark Lardas

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Johnny Shumate

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