American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing

American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing

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American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
 
American Cruisers Of World War II A pictorial encyclopedia By Steve Ewing
Soft cover 140 pages
Copyright 1984, Sixth printing 1993

TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSTHE DEVELOPMENT OF AMERICAN CRUISERS . . . .
HEAVY CRUISERS
The Pensacola Class
The Northampton Class
The Portland Class
The New Orleans Class
The Wichita Class
The Baltimore Class
THE ALASKA CLASS "BATTLECRUISERS"
LIGHT CRUISERS
The Omaha Class
The Brooklyn Class
The Helena Class
The Atlanta-Oakland Class
The Cleveland Class
THE CRUISER-CARRIERS (CVLs)
JAPANESE CRUISERS
CRUISER SCOUT OBSERVATION PLANES
BIBLIOGRAPHY
INDEX


INTRODUCTION
FROM 7 DECEMBER 1941 UNTIL 2 SEPTEMBER 1945, 74
United States cruisers-two battlecruisers, 25 heavy cruisers and 47 light cruisers-fought in at least one battle against Germany, Japan or both and therefore received recognition by the award of a battle star. This pictorial history is the story of those 74 cruisers with one or more battle stars.
In the nearly 40 years since the end of that great and terrible conflict, journalists have not found it difficult to write about American aircraft carriers, battleships, destroyers and submarines. World War in the Pacific was a carrier war and consequently there have been many books on carriers. Battleship exploits have been a little more difficult to present because there were only two major victories-Washington (BB-56) against Kirishima at Guadalcanal in November 1942 and the prewar battleship action at Suriago Strait during the Battle of Leyte Gulf. Nevertheless, the aura of the battleship is as large as the vessels themselves, and even in 1983 the World War II vintage New Jersey (BB-62) still commands extraordinary attention. And as long as sea stories are told, the heroic charge of the destroyers Hoel and Johnston and destroyer-escort Samuel B. Roberts at Leyte Gulf will capture the imagination. Submarine narratives, meanwhile, properly emphasize the many victories of the "pigboats" over enemy combatants of all classifications and stress their well-documented statistics concerning the enormous enemy merchant tonnage sunk.
It is not as easy to report the account of cruisers. The reality is that several of their most notable battles were defeats. After Pearl Harbor, major American surface-action defeats primarily involved cruisers and on no occasion did American cruisers score a clear-cut surface victory equal to their defeats at Savo Island in August 1942 or Tassafaronga in November 1942. It has been said


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