Current purchase price:
From 1895 to 1944 the US Navy commissioned some 60 steel-clad battleships; the first being Indiana (BB-1) and the last USS Missouri (BB-63). After an impressive showing in the Spanish-American War and the 'Great White Fleet's' circumnavigation of the world, US battleships played only a minor role in the First World War. They came into their own in WW2 primarily bombarding enemy held coastal regions and supporting Allied operations in Europe and the Pacific. Their firepower was awesome and the later examples had nine 16-inch and up to twenty 5-inch guns plus copious anti-aircraft defences.
On the few occasions these mighty ships took on Japanese counterparts, they performed brilliantly but protection of the increasingly important aircraft couriers was more decisive. Armour plate nearly a foot and a half thick saved many from fatal attack from suicidal kamikaze pilots.
Post WW2 the battleships were relegated to war reserve status but later their value projecting American military power worldwide and their conversion to platforms for cruise missile saw their re-birth. The last US battleship retired in 1992 having served in the Korean and Vietnam War, the Middle East and finally Desert Storm.
This fine book gives the expert and layman a privileged overview of one of the greatest weapon systems in military history.
South Devon in the Great War
By: Tony Rea
The 2nd Norfolk Regiment: From Le Paradis to Kohima
By: Peter Hart
Pals on the Somme 1916
By: Roni Wilkinson
By: Andrew W Field
By: Major Tim Saunders
Flight Craft 16: The Hawker Hunter in British Service
By: Martin Derry, Neil Robinson
Voices From the Past: Armistice 1918
By: Paul Kendall
K Boat Catastrophe: Eight Ships & Five Collisions
By: N.S Nash
Arnhem 1944 [Kindle]
By: Martin Middlebrook
Breaking Point of the French Army
By: David Murphy
Poetry and Myths of the Great War
By: Dr Martin Stephen
Aircraft Salvage in the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
By: Andy Saunders
Decoding the Bayeux Tapestry
By: Arthur C Wright
The Campaigns of Hannibal
By: Sir Patrick Leonard MacDougall
Tracing Your Great War Ancestors: The Somme
By: Simon Fowler