IOWA-CLASS BATTLESHIPS ON DECK
Autore: David Doyle
Serie della Squadron Signal dedicata alle navi da guerra, ogni monografia presenta la nave presa in esame da poppa a prua con dettagli sugli armamenti, sistemi elettronici, equipaggiamenti vari, ecc., attraverso foto in bianco e nero, disegni al tratto e profili a colori con il camouflage.
The Iowa-class battleships were America's - and the world's - last active battleships, serving as recently as 1995. Back in the World War II era, six of the class were ordered, and four completed: Iowa, New Jersey, Missouri and Wisconsin. The Missouri rose to fame as the site of the Japanese surrender ending WWII. Each armed with nine 16-inch rifles able to hurl 2,700-lb shells more than 23 miles, the Iowas were capable of combating formidable sea-going foes. In actuality, however, their huge main guns were used instead to shell enemy land positions during WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War. In later years their original arrays of 16-inch and five-inch guns were augmented with missiles, including the Harpoon as well as the Tomahawk cruise missiles. Explore the decks and depths of these mighty warships, once home to thousands of sailors through more than 270 color photos, carefully chosen to show the subtle differences between these four near-identical ships.