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Town Class Destroyers

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Early in World War II, fifty obsolete US Navy destroyers were transferred to the Royal Navy in return for a 99-year lease on British bases in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Newfoundland. Though they were obsolete and far from ideal, they played a vital role in the Royal Navy's campaign. This is their complete story. Topics covered include the background to the acquisition of the ships, the Battle of the Atlantic; their specification and design, and modifications in RN service; operations and achievements, such as the St Nazaire raid and finally, losses and accidents. This authoritative text is supported by many contemporary photographs and twenty eight detailed plans prepared specially for this book. Superbly illustrated with fifty contemporary black & white photographs and twenty-eight plans specially drawn by the author.

Town Class Destroyers of the Royal Canadian Navy

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 24. Chapters: USS Bancroft (DD-256), USS Claxton (DD-140), USS Crowninshield (DD-134), USS Edwards (DD-265), USS Evans (DD-78), USS Fairfax (DD-93), USS Hale (DD-133), USS Haraden (DD-183), USS Kalk (DD-170), USS MacKenzie (DD-175), USS Maddox (DD-168), USS McCook (DD-252), USS Thatcher (DD-162), USS Twiggs (DD-127), USS Wickes (DD-75), USS Williams (DD-108), USS Yarnall (DD-143). Excerpt: The first USS Wickes (DD-75) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers in the United States Navy during the World War I, later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Montgomery. She has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Montgomery. Wickes was laid down on 26 June 1917 at Bath, Maine, by the Bath Iron Works; launched on 25 June 1918; sponsored by Miss Ann Elizabeth Young Wickes, the daughter of Dr. Walter Wickes, a descendant of Lambert Wickes and commissioned on 31 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander John S. Barleon in command. After an abbreviated shakedown, Wickes departed Boston on 5 August and arrived at New York on the 8th. Later that day, she sailed for the British Isles, escorting a convoy of a dozen merchantmen. After shepherding her charges across the Atlantic, Wickes was detached from the convoy to make a brief stop at Queenstown, Ireland, on 19 August. Underway again the following day, the warship sailed for the Azores to pick up passengers and United States-bound mail at Ponta Delgada before continuing on to New York. Wickes subsequently escorted convoys off the northeast coast of the United States. She departed New York on 7 October, bound for Nova Scotia; but, during the voyage north, her crew was hit by influenza. Soon after the ship's arrival at Halifax, 30 men-including the commanding officer-were hospitalized ashore. Soon the outbreak of flu in Wickes abated, but bad luck seemed to dog the destroyer. She...

Town Class Destroyers of the Royal Navy

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 35. Chapters: USS Wickes, HMS Campbeltown, USS Twiggs, USS Thomas, USS Yarnall, USS Welles, USS Robinson, USS Welborn C. Wood, USS Tillman, USS Hunt, USS Fairfax, USS Herndon, USS Crowninshield, USS Philip, USS Kalk, USS Maddox, USS Branch, USS Aaron Ward, USS Foote, USS McCalla, USS Abel P. Upshur, USS Edwards, USS Ringgold, USS Craven, USS Cowell, USS Evans, USS Aulick, USS Hale, USS Satterlee, USS Claxton, USS Rodgers, USS Mason, USS Hopewell, USS Sigourney, USS Conner, USS Laub, USS Shubrick, USS Stockton, USS Bailey, USS Bagley, USS Swasey, USS Abbot, USS McLanahan, USS Meade. Excerpt: The first USS Wickes (DD-75) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers in the United States Navy during the World War I, later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Montgomery. She has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Montgomery. Wickes was laid down on 26 June 1917 at Bath, Maine, by the Bath Iron Works; launched on 25 June 1918; sponsored by Miss Ann Elizabeth Young Wickes, the daughter of Dr. Walter Wickes, a descendant of Lambert Wickes and commissioned on 31 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander John S. Barleon in command. After an abbreviated shakedown, Wickes departed Boston on 5 August and arrived at New York on the 8th. Later that day, she sailed for the British Isles, escorting a convoy of a dozen merchantmen. After shepherding her charges across the Atlantic, Wickes was detached from the convoy to make a brief stop at Queenstown, Ireland, on 19 August. Underway again the following day, the warship sailed for the Azores to pick up passengers and United States-bound mail at Ponta Delgada before continuing on to New York. Wickes subsequently escorted convoys off the northeast coast of the United States. She departed New York on 7 October, bound for Nova Scotia; but, during the voyage north, her crew was hit by influenz...

Town Class Destroyers of the Royal Canadian Navy

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 164. Not illustrated. Chapters: Uss Wickes, Uss Twiggs, Uss Yarnall, Uss Williams, Uss Thatcher, Uss Fairfax, Uss Crowninshield, Uss Mccook, Uss Kalk, Uss Maddox, Uss Edwards, Uss Hale, Uss Haraden, Uss Evans, Uss Claxton, Uss Bancroft, Uss Mackenzie, Hmcs St. Francis, Hmcs Annapolis, Hmcs St. Clair, Hmcs St. Croix, Hmcs Columbia, Hmcs Niagara, Hmcs Chelsea, Hmcs Georgetown, Hmcs Leamington, Hmcs Salisbury, Hmcs Montgomery, Hmcs Richmond, Hmcs Lincoln, Hmcs Mansfield, Hmcs Buxton, Hmcs Hamilton, Hmcs Caldwell. Excerpt: The first USS Wickes (DD-75) was the lead ship of her class of destroyers in the United States Navy during the World War I, later transferred to the Royal Navy as HMS Montgomery. She has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Montgomery. Wickes was laid down on 26 June 1917 at Bath, Maine, by the Bath Iron Works; launched on 25 June 1918; sponsored by Miss Ann Elizabeth Young Wickes, the daughter of Dr. Walter Wickes, a descendant of Lambert Wickes and commissioned on 31 July 1918, Lieutenant Commander John S. Barleon in command. After an abbreviated shakedown, Wickes departed Boston on 5 August and arrived at New York on the 8th. Later that day, she sailed for the British Isles, escorting a convoy of a dozen merchantmen. After shepherding her charges across the Atlantic, Wickes was detached from the convoy to make a brief stop at Queenstown, Ireland, on 19 August. Underway again the following day, the warship sailed for the Azores to pick up passengers and United States-bound mail at Ponta Delgada before continuing on to New York. Wickes subsequently escorted convoys off the northeast coast of the United States. She departed New York on 7 October, bound for Nova Scotia; but, during the voyage north, her crew was hit by influenza. Soon after the ship's arrival at Halifax, 30 menincluding the commandi...

Destroyers of the Royal Norwegian Navy Draug Class Destroyer Hunt Class Destroyers of the Royal Norwegian Navy

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Purchase includes free access to book updates online and a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: Draug Class Destroyer, Hunt Class Destroyers of the Royal Norwegian Navy, S Class Destroyers of the Royal Norwegian Navy, Sleipner Class Destroyers, Town Class Destroyers of the Royal Norwegian Navy, Hms Badsworth, Hnoms Draug, Hnoms Sleipner, Uss Thomas, Uss Yarnall, Hnoms Odin, Hnoms Gyller, Hnoms ger, Uss Evans, Hnoms Garm, Hnoms Troll, Uss Sigourney, Uss Hopewell, Hnoms Svenner, Hnoms Stord, Hnoms Bath, Hnoms St. Albans, Hnoms Newport, Hnoms Lincoln, Hnoms Mansfield, Hnoms Arendal. Excerpt: HMS Badsworth (pennant number L03) was an escort destroyer of the Hunt Type II class. The Royal Navy ordered Badsworth 's construction three months after the outbreak of the Second World War. Cammel Laird laid down her keel at their Birkenhead yard on 15 May 1940, as Admiralty Job No. J3260 (Yard No. 1055). After a successful Warship Week national savings campaign in March 1942, the Badsworth was adopted by the civil community of Batley, then in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The ship was named after a fox-hunt in Yorkshire. Badsworth began her career on convoy duty in the North Western Approaches, however in June 1942, she took up the role of close escort in Convoy Harpoon, aiming to deliver vital supplies to the beleaguered island of Malta. The convoy met fierce attacks from the besieging Italian and German forces with only two out of the initial six merchant ships reaching Malta. Whilst entering the Grand Harbour Badsworth struck a mine, sustaining heavy damage. She was towed back for temporary repairs, afterwards leaving the island and heading towards Tyne for further repairs. In November 1942 Badsworth rejoined the Londonderry Escort Force by escorting a convoy headed to Murmansk. In March 1943 she returned to the Mediterranean for another Malt... More: http://booksllc.net/?id=23677277

British Town Class Cruisers

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Entering service between 1937 and 1939, the ten British ‘Town’ class cruisers were the most modern vessels of their type in the Royal Navy when the Second World War began. Built in response to large 6-inch gunned cruisers in the US and Japanese Navies and primarily designed for the defence of trade, they saw arduous service in a wide range of roles, playing a decisive part in victories such as the Battle of the Barents Sea and the destruction of the German Scharnhorst at the North Cape. The cost was heavy: four of the ships were lost and the other six all survived heavy damage, in some cases on more than one occasion. In this major study, Conrad Waters makes extensive use of archive material to provide a technical evaluation of the ‘Town’ class design and its subsequent performance. He outlines the class’s origins in the context of inter-war cruiser policy, explains the design and construction process, and describes the characteristics of the resulting ships and how these were adapted in the light of wartime developments. An overview of service focuses on major engagements, assessing the extent to which the class met its designers’ expectations and detailing the consequences of action damage. Concluding chapters continue the story into the Cold War era, examining the modernisation programme that kept the remaining ships fit for service during the 1950s. Heavily illustrated with contemporary photographs and drawings by A D Baker III, John Jordan and George Richardson, British Town Class Cruisers provides a definitive reference to one of the Royal Navy’s most important Second World War warship designs.

Destroyer Classes

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 234. Chapters: Type 42 destroyer, List of Wickes-class destroyers, Zumwalt class destroyer, V and W class destroyer, List of destroyer classes of the United States Navy, Tribal class destroyer, Battle class destroyer, O'Brien class destroyer, Tucker class destroyer, Arleigh Burke class destroyer, Type 052C destroyer, Type 45 destroyer, Town class destroyer, Hunt class destroyer, Hatsuharu class destroyer, Mogador class destroyer, Allen M. Sumner class destroyer, Leningrad class destroyer, Durand de la Penne class destroyer, Matsu class destroyer, Italian World War II destroyers, St. Laurent class destroyer, Daring class destroyer, Fubuki class destroyer, Hobart class destroyer, G and H class destroyer, Admiralty M class destroyer, S class destroyer, Spruance class destroyer, L and M class destroyer, Sovremenny class destroyer, Australian light destroyer project, County class destroyer, Momi class destroyer, Mutsuki class destroyer, J, K and N class destroyer, Restigouche class destroyer, Akizuki class destroyer, Wakatake class destroyer, Acheron class destroyer, Shiratsuyu class destroyer, Kamikaze class destroyer, Type 82 destroyer, Hy ga class helicopter destroyer, A class destroyer, Minekaze class destroyer, Weapon class destroyer, Iroquois class destroyer, Charles F. Adams class destroyer, Udaloy class destroyer, Audace class destroyer, Canadian River-class destroyer, Kolkata class destroyer, C and D class destroyer, Soobrazitelny class destroyer, Type 051 destroyer, Kashin class destroyer, Acasta class destroyer, Fletcher-class destroyer, Asashio class destroyer, Kager class destroyer, Forrest Sherman class destroyer, C class destroyer, Kidd class destroyer, Benson class destroyer, Akatsuki class destroyer, Kaba class destroyer, Kong class destroyer, Q and R class destroyer, Type 052 destroyer, O and P class destroyer, E a...

British Destroyers Frigates

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“A comprehensive survey of the design history and development of the Royal Navy's greyhounds of the sea.”—WARSHIPS Magazine Since World War II, the old categories of destroyer and frigate have tended to merge, a process that this book traces back to the radically different “Tribal” class destroyers of 1936. It deals with the development of all the modern destroyer classes that fought the war, looks at the emergency programs that produced vast numbers of trade protection vessels—sloops, corvettes and frigates—then analyzes the pressures that shaped the post-war fleet, and continued to dominate design down to recent years. Written by America's leading authority and featuring photos and ship plans, it is an objective but sympathetic view of the difficult economic and political environment in which British designers had to work, and benefits from the author's ability to compare and contrast the US Navy's experience. Norman Friedman is renowned for his ability to explain the policy and strategy changes that drive design decisions, and his latest book uses previously unpublished material to draw a new and convincing picture of British naval policy over the previous seventy years and more. Includes photos

Destroyers

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 255. Chapters: Destroyer classes, Lists of destroyers, Type 42 destroyer, List of destroyers of the United States Navy, List of destroyer classes of the Royal Navy, List of Wickes-class destroyers, Zumwalt class destroyer, V and W class destroyer, List of destroyer classes of the United States Navy, Tribal class destroyer, Battle class destroyer, List of Imperial Russian Navy destroyers, O'Brien class destroyer, Tucker class destroyer, Arleigh Burke class destroyer, Type 052C destroyer, Type 45 destroyer, Town class destroyer, Hunt class destroyer, Hatsuharu class destroyer, Mogador class destroyer, Allen M. Sumner class destroyer, Leningrad class destroyer, Durand de la Penne class destroyer, Matsu class destroyer, Italian World War II destroyers, St. Laurent class destroyer, Daring class destroyer, Fubuki class destroyer, Hobart class destroyer, G and H class destroyer, Admiralty M class destroyer, S class destroyer, Spruance class destroyer, L and M class destroyer, Sovremenny class destroyer, Australian light destroyer project, County class destroyer, Momi class destroyer, Mutsuki class destroyer, J, K and N class destroyer, Restigouche class destroyer, Akizuki class destroyer, Wakatake class destroyer, Acheron class destroyer, Shiratsuyu class destroyer, Kamikaze class destroyer, Type 82 destroyer, Hy ga class helicopter destroyer, A class destroyer, Minekaze class destroyer, Guided missile destroyer, Weapon class destroyer, Iroquois class destroyer, Charles F. Adams class destroyer, Udaloy class destroyer, Audace class destroyer, Canadian River-class destroyer, Kolkata class destroyer, C and D class destroyer, Soobrazitelny class destroyer, Type 051 destroyer, Kashin class destroyer, Acasta class destroyer, Fletcher-class destroyer, Asashio class destroyer, Kager class destroyer, Forrest Sherman class destroyer, C class de...

Destroyers of the Soviet Navy

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 26. Chapters: Izijaslav class destroyers, Kashin class destroyers of the Soviet Navy, Kotlin class destroyers, Leningrad class destroyers, Sovremenny class destroyers, Town class destroyers of the Soviet Navy, Udaloy class destroyers, USS Twiggs, USS Thomas, Japanese destroyer Hibiki, USS Yarnall, Soobrazitelny class destroyer, Gnevny class destroyer, USS Fairfax, USS Herndon, USS Crowninshield, USS Maddox, Soldati class destroyer, USS Foote, Tashkent class destroyer, USS Cowell, Ognevoy class destroyer, Soviet destroyer Yakov Sverdlov, Orfey class destroyer, Neustrashimy class destroyer, German destroyer Z33, ORP Warszawa, Soviet destroyer leader Baku, Russian destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov, Kildin class destroyer, Derzky class destroyer, Izyaslav class destroyer, Fidonisy class destroyer, Russian destroyer Vice-Admiral Kulakov, Russian destroyer Admiral Levchenko, Russian destroyer Admiral Vinogradov, German destroyer Z15 Erich Steinbrinck, German destroyer Z14 Friedrich Ihn, Russian destroyer Admiral Panteleyev, BAP Almirante Guise. Excerpt: The Leningrad-class destroyer leaders were built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1930s. They were inspired by the contre-torpilleurs built for the French Navy. They were ordered in two groups of three ships each, the first group was designated Project 1 and the second Project 38. These ships were the first large vessels designed and built by the Soviets after the revolution. Both ships in the Baltic Sea bombarded Finnish coast defense positions during the Winter War. During Operation Barbarossa they provided fire support during the German siege of Tallinn and escorted the convoys when it was evacuated at the end of August 1941. Again they provided fire support during the Siege of Leningrad as they were blockaded in Leningrad and Kronstadt by Axis minefields. Minsk was sunk by German air at...

Naval Firepower

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For more than half a century the big gun was the arbiter of naval power, but it was useless if it could not hit the target fast and hard enough to prevent the enemy doing the same. Because the naval gun platform was itself in motion, finding a 'firing solution' was a significant problem made all the more difficult when gun sizes increased and fighting ranges lengthened and seemingly minor issues like wind velocity had to be factored in. To speed up the process and eliminate human error, navies sought a reliable mechanical calculation. This heavily illustrated book outlines for the first time in layman's terms the complex subject of fire-control, as it dominated battleship and cruiser design from before World War I to the end of the dreadnought era. Covering the directors, range-finders, and electro-mechanical computers invented to solve the problems, America's leading naval analyst explains not only how the technology shaped (and was shaped by) the tactics involved, but analyses their effectiveness in battle. His examination of the controversy surrounding Jutland and the relative merits of competing fire-control systems draws conclusions that will surprise many readers. He also reassesses many other major gun actions, such as the battles between the Royal Navy and the Bismarck and the US Navy actions in the Solomons and at Surigao Strait. All major navies are covered, and the story concludes at the end of World War II with the impact of radar.This is a book that everyone with a more than passing interest in twentieth-century warships will want to read, and nobody professionally involved with naval history can afford to miss.

Our Finest Hour

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First published in 1995 as Maple Leaf Against the Axis, Our Finest Hour has been completely revised and updated, with new chapters that reflect the latest research about Canada's home front in the war and the formulation and execution of Canadian war strategy at the highest levels. Although Canada was not ready for war in 1939, the people of Canada and their armed forces eventually overcame major challenges—from the building of tanks, planes, ships and trucks and the production of huge amounts of grain, meat and vegetables to the creation of the only full Canadian field army in history and a navy and air force crucial to Allied victory. From Hong Kong to the Rhine River Crossing, Our Finest Hour delves incisively into the pivotal battles of the Second World War and the roles of the Canadian army, navy and air force. Bestselling author David Bercuson probes the war on the ground, on the seas and in the air—from the bomber offensive over Germany to the Typhoon fighter squadrons with the Second Tactical Air Force in Europe. With an unfliching eye, he provides insight into the successes and failures, triumphs and shortcomings of the Canadian military. Our Finest Hour is at once a masterpiece of historical narrative and a celebration of a growing country's contribution during the Second World War.

The Naval Annual

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Naval Camouflage 1914 1945

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Although it is a subject of immense importance to warship enthusiasts, modelmakers, photograph collectors, and indeed academic naval historians, there has never been an authoritative history of camouflage. Apart from the huge scale of the subject, the reason for this lies largely in the fragmented nature of the surviving evidence, and the ad hoc nature of much wartime development. This book does not claim to be such a narrative history, but it does set out to provide a comprehensive study. Visual and illustrative in its approach, it is Anglo-American in emphasis, but the camouflage patterns of enemy navies (and selected neutrals) are covered as well.

The Destroyer Campbeltown

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The destroyer Campbeltown is most famous for her part in the commando raid on the St Nazaire drydock in 1942. Built as the USS Buchanan (DD131)- and later renamed Campbelton - she was one of over 270 flush-decked destroyers put into service towards the end of World War I. When Britain appealed to America in 1940 for the transfer of fifty vessels for anti-submarine duty, Buchanan was one of the first 'gift horses' to be transferred.

The Design and Construction of British Warships 1939 1945 Major surface vessels

Author : David K. Brown
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At the end of World War II, the Director of Naval Construction set the various design teams within his department the task of recording their wartime efforts, in an attempt to benefit from the experiences of the War while memories were still fresh. Chapters were commissioned on all the types, from the largest fleet carriers to the humblest tugs and tankers. These relatively short summaries set out all the principal achievements, distilled the essential lessons of combat and pointed the way towards postwar improvements.

The Soviet Skoryi Class Destroyer

Author : Oleg Pomoshnikov
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The "Smelyi" type destroyer, Project 30 bis (Skoryi class, according to NATO classification), was the first destroyer designed and built after World War two with new shipbuilding technologies available in the USSR. World War Two demonstrated that all early-built Soviet destroyers had serious flaws. Poor seaworthiness, hull fragility, lack of displacement reserves for modernization. The technical design and working drawings of the new EM were developed under the leadership of the main designer A.L. Fisher. On 28 January 1947, by order of the Council of Ministers of the USSR N3 149-75 "On the construction of destroyers of the 30K and 30 bis Projects", the technical design developed in TsKB-53 was approved. The construction of ships of this series was to take place at four shipyards: No. 190 in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), No. 200 in Mikolayov, No. 199 in Komsomolsk-on-Amur and No. 402 in Molotov (now the town of Severodvinsk).

Naval Institute Proceedings

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The World s Worst Warships

Author : Antony Preston
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A serious study of the reasons why some warships have achieved bad reputations. It covers the period from 1860 to the present day, and looks at a wide range of nationalities and ship-types. Some examples are the Russian Popoffkas; the French battleship 'Brennus'; and the British vessel 'Captain'.

Destroyers at War

Author : Gregory Haines
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