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Destroyers: An Illustrated History of Their Impact tells the story of one of the most-recent, most-rapidly evolving additions to the world's navies. Coverage ranges from the 1882 launch of the first destroyer, through the nonstop technical and strategic innovations of the world war eras, to the current high watermarks of destroyer design such as the Arleigh Burke class (named for the navy's most-famous destroyer squadron combat commander).
With its ship-by-ship analysis, this masterful volume shows how destroyers have continually met the challenge of protecting naval and land operations from ever more dangerous attacks. The book also captures the flavor of shipboard life for officers and crew and looks at the crucial role of the destroyer as a standard-bearing status symbol of naval might and political intention.
|Introduction to Encyclopedias of weapons and warfare series|
|Ch. 1||The technological revolution leading to the development of destroyers, 1750-1860||1|
|Ch. 2||From experimental vessel to warship, 1860-1918||23|
|Ch. 3||Advancements during the interwar years and World War II, 1919-1945||69|
|Ch. 4||The Cold War and after, 1946-2004||117|
|Destroyers and frigates of the world||181|