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Posted April 16, 2010
In this second book of American destroyers of WWII Dave McComb continues the conciseness and clarity of his previous U.S. Destroyers 1934-45: Pre-war Classes with a book that covers the FLETCHER, ALLEN M. SUMNER, and GEARING Classes. McComb includes discussion of design criteria and an excellent detailed description of the technical differences among the three classes and individually among sub-classes and includes data from the various builders.
Coupled with Paul Wright's ability to enhance with his remarkable paintings of ships and actions, the book is both imminently readable and informative. It provides a rare opportunity for naval historians, modelers, and enthusiasts to have so much information in one relatively thin volume. Though in the standard, short-survey, Osprey Publishing military book format, the book is complete and includes descriptions of major engagements as they relate to these ships and their suitability to meet the parameters for which they were designed and built.
U.S. Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime Classes belongs in the library of every naval historian, professional or amateur, as one of the best handy references ever produced.
Posted February 29, 2012
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