US Standard-type Battleships 1941–45 (1)

Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico Classes

US Standard-type Battleships 1941–45 (1) cover

US Standard-type Battleships 1941–45 (1)

Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico Classes


Written by US Navy expert Mark Stille, this book offers a unique insight into the Standard-type classes of US battleships in World War II. It provides a detailed investigation into the histories of each of the individual vessels of the Standard-type battleship class, the first three of which, the Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico, formed the US Navy's main force in the inter-war period. The Standard-types reflected a new design philosophy: by designing each class to meet common standards of maneuverability and handling, vessels of different classes could operate as a single tactical unit without being limited by the performance of the slowest and least maneuvrable ship. At the time of their construction, these ships incorporated the latest design features such as triple gun turrets. Although they were rendered increasingly obsolete by evolving naval doctrines and the ascendance of the fast battleship, they served with distinction throughout World War II in both the Pacific and the Atlantic. This study combines analysis of design features and an absorbing narrative of operational histories to offer a comprehensive picture of the Standard- type battleships, from the brutal destruction of the USS Arizona to the triumphant occupation of Japan.

Table of Contents

Introduction/ Pre-war naval strategy and the role of the battleship/ Design developments/ Weapons/ Radar/ Nevada class/ Pennsylvania class/ New Mexico class/ Analysis and Conclusion/ Bibliography/ Index

Product details

Published Mar 24 2015
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 48
ISBN 9781472806963
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 47 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series New Vanguard
Short code NVG 220
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Mark Stille

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