Tin Cans and Greyhounds: The Destroyers that Won Two World Wars

Tin Cans and Greyhounds: The Destroyers that Won Two World Wars

by Clint Johnson


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This action-packed narrative history of destroyer-class ships begins with destroyers' first incarnation as torpedo boats in 1898 through the last true combat service of the ships in the Vietnam War. Nicknamed "tin cans" or "greyhounds," destroyers were quick naval ships used to defend larger battleships—and they proved indispensable in America's military victories. In Tin Cans and Greyhounds, author Clint Johnson brings readers inside the quarter-inch hulls of destroyers to meet the men who manned the ships' five-inch guns and fought America's wars from inside a "tin can"—risking death by cannon shell, shrapnel, bomb, fire, drowning, exposure, and sharks.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621576471
Publisher: Regnery History
Publication date: 02/12/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 564,095
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Clint Johnson is an author and military historian whose books include The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South, Bull's-Eyes and Misfires: 50 Obscure People Whose Efforts Shaped the American Civil War, and Colonial America and the American Revolution.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Early Years: "Weather today fine, but high waves." 1

Chapter 2 World War I in Europe: "Do as much damage as possible." 17

Chapter 3 U.S. Enters the War: "We are ready now, sir!" 27

Chapter 4 The 1920s: "We have no destroyers today!" 45

Chapter 5 The 1930s: "A destroyer is not a likely target." 57

Chapter 6 Atlantic Theater 1939-1941: "Keep on engaging the enemy." 71

Chapter 7 Pacific Theater 1941: "Suddenly and deliberately attacked." 93

Chapter 8 Atlantic Theater 1942: "American beacons and searchlights visible at night." 105

Chapter 9 Pacific Theater 1942: "Courageous abandon against fearful odds." 123

Chapter 10 Atlantic Theater 1943: "Wiped out every exposed member of the sub's crew topside." 151

Chapter 11 Pacific Theater 1943: "Our losses for this single battle were fantastic." 165

Chapter 12 Atlantic Theater 1944: "Man on deck of sub attempting to man gun disintegrates." 193

Chapter 13 Pacific Theater 1944: "A fight against overwhelming odds from which survival can't be expected." 207

Chapter 14 Atlantic Theater 1945:"i think that is the end of the sub." 229

Chapter 15 Pacific Theater l945:"The gates of hell awaited us." 241

Appendix 263

Bibliography 265

Acknowledgments 279

Notes 283

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