US Heavy Cruisers 1941–45: Pre-war Classes (New Vanguard) (Paperback)

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By Mark Stille, Paul Wright (Illustrator)
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American Navy cruisers built prior to World Wat II saw extensive action throughout the Pacific War, in both surface actions like Guadalcanal, and carrier battles like Midway.

Designed and produced under the regulations of the Washington Naval Treaty, the heavy cruisers of the Pensacola, Northampton, Portland, New Orleans and Wichita classes were exercises in compromise. While they possessed very heavy armament, the Pensacolas, for example, carrying a main battery of ten 8" guns, this came at the cost of protection - armor was the same thickness as a gun cruiser, and incapable of protecting the vessels from enemy 8" fire. As the classes evolved, these flaws began to be corrected, with the main battery being reduced, and increased protection being added to the vital areas of the ship. Despite these drawbacks, the pre-war heavy cruiser classes served with distinction throughout World War II.

About the Author

Mark Stille (Commander, United States Navy, retired) received his BA in History from the University of Maryland and also holds an MA from the Naval War College. He recently concluded a nearly 40-year career in the intelligence community including tours on the faculty of the Naval War College, on the Joint Staff and on US Navy ships. He is the author of numerous Osprey titles focusing on naval history in the Pacific.

Paul Wright has painted ships of all kinds for most of his career, specializing in steel and steam warships from the late 19th century to the present day. Paul's art has illustrated the works of Patrick O'Brian, Dudley Pope and C.S. Forester amongst others, and hangs in many corporate and private collections all over the world. A Member of the Royal Society of Marine Artists, Paul lives and works in Surrey.

Praise For…

“This is an excellent book presenting American pre-war heavy cruisers for historians, modelers and illustrators with an interest in the subject. The graphic support -- photographs, artwork, profiles and tables -- alone are worth the price of the book. Highly recommended!” —Frederick Boucher, Model Shipwrights

“Photos, charts, extended captions and selected bibliography supplement author Stille's admirably indexed effort.  Color profiles and action paintings offer plenty of modeling inspiration.  And a helpful 'analysis and conclusion' neatly ties things up.  It's a superb summary of a spellbinding subject.” —David L. Veres,

Product Details
ISBN: 9781782006299
ISBN-10: 178200629X
Publisher: Osprey Publishing
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2014
Pages: 48
Language: English
Series: New Vanguard