US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75

Wartime and Post-war Classes

US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75 cover

US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75

Wartime and Post-war Classes

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US Heavy Cruisers provides a detailed, illustrated look at the wartime and post-war-built heavy cruiser classes of the US Navy of World War II.

Fast and heavily armed, the Baltimore class was an evolution of the heavy cruiser designs from before World War II, but without the limitations imposed by the Washington Naval Treaty. Versatile vessels, the heavy cruisers of the Baltimore class, and their successors in the Oregon City and Des Moines classes, commonly acted as carrier escorts throughout World War II, but also performed bombardment duties in support of amphibious landings. Post-World War II, the heavy cruisers continued to see service, chiefly in Korea and Vietnam. Even after the heyday of the heavy cruiser had passed, the ships continued to serve - several were converted into the earliest examples of guided missile cruisers, and established an enduring legacy in the US Navy.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Evolving US naval strategy and the role of the heavy cruiser in the light of wartime experience/ US heavy cruiser design and development in the light of wartime experience/ Armament/ Radar/ The Heavy Cruiser Classes/ Analysis and Conclusion

Product details

Published Sep 23 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781782006329
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 39 b/w; 9 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 214
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Stille

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Paul Wright

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