US Navy Battleships 1895–1908

The Great White Fleet and the beginning of US global naval power

US Navy Battleships 1895–1908 cover

US Navy Battleships 1895–1908

The Great White Fleet and the beginning of US global naval power

Description

The last predreadnought battleships of the US Navy were critical to the technological development of US battleships, and they were the first tool of international hard power wielded by the United States, a nation which would eventually become the world's dominant political and military power of the 20th century. These battleships were the stars of the 1907–09 Great White Fleet circumnavigation, in which the emerging power and reach of the US Navy was displayed around the world. They also took part in the bombardment and landings at Veracruz, some served as convoy escorts in World War I, and the last two were transferred to the Hellenic Navy and were sunk during World War II.

This book examines the design, history, and technical qualities of the final six classes of US predreadnought battleships, all of which were involved in the circumnavigation of the Great White Fleet. These classes progressively closed the quality gap with European navies – the Connecticuts were the finest predreadnought battleships ever built – and this book also compares and contrasts US predreadnought battleships to their foreign contemporaries. Packed with illustrations and specially commissioned artwork, this is an essential guide to the development of US Navy Battleships at the turn of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Development
The Battleships
The Battle Fleet
The Great White Fleet 1907-09
Late Careers 1909-41
Conclusion
Select Bibliography
Index

Product details

Published Sep 17 2020
Format Ebook (Epub)
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472839992
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations Illustrated throughout with 40 photos and 8pp of colour illustrations
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 286
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Brian Lane Herder

Brian Lane Herder graduated with a BA in History f…

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Adam Tooby

Adam Tooby is an internationally renowned digital…

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Paul Wright

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for mos…

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