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Dave McComb is a management consultant specializing in business process development. A lifelong student of World War II destroyer history, he has in recent years promoted the subject extensively via the web and numerous articles. He is president of the Destroyer History Foundation, which he organized in collaboration with World War II shipmates for the purpose of making original source documents accessible and preserving their perspectives and collections.

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U.S. Destroyers 1942-45 - A great reference 2. Mai 2010
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In this second book of American destroyers of WWII Dave McComb continues the conciseness and clarity of his previous U.S. Destroyers 1934-45: Pre-war Classes with a book that covers the FLETCHER, ALLEN M. SUMNER, and GEARING Classes. McComb includes discussion of design criteria and an excellent detailed description of the technical differences among the three classes and individually among sub-classes and includes data from the various builders.

Coupled with Paul Wright's ability to enhance with his remarkable paintings of ships and actions, the book is both eminently readable and informative. It provides a rare opportunity for naval historians, modelers, and enthusiasts to have so much information in one relatively thin volume. Though in the standard, short-survey, Osprey Publishing military book format, the book is complete and includes descriptions of major engagements as they relate to these ships and their suitability to meet the parameters for which they were designed and built.

U.S. Destroyers 1942-45: Wartime Classes belongs in the library of every naval historian, professional or amateur, as one of the best handy references ever produced.
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Compact, Yet Voluminous and Accurate --a "Must" for the Naval Historian/Enthusiast's Reading List 30. Januar 2013
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Although constrained by the Osprey New Vanguard Series format and page limitations, this book is as packed as are the ships that it describes with information and features. Development of the Fletcher class and its immediate successors is analyzed in detail, from the need to overcome the stability limitations of the Arms Limitations Conference destroyer classes, to the evolution of the Combat Information Center through lessons learned in combat operations, as well as the continued increase in anti-aircraft capability in response to the sudden entry of the kamikaze threat in the Pacific theater.

Although the Fletcher class was the largest class of U.S. Navy Destroyers, comprising 175 ships built from 1941 to 1945 and comprising several subclasses, author David McComb provides a full accounting of each ship by hull number, name, shipyard, bridge configuration, and identifies armament variations for the Fletchers, as well as their successors, the Sumner and Gearing classes. He also identifies the design specifications for each of the three classes of destroyers covered by this book, as well as the initial squadron assignment of each ship and an overall operational history for all three classes of ships, including identification of the squadrons present at each major operation..

To achieve this thorough analysis and description of these classes, this book is brimming with comprehensive charts, as well as photographs, a two-page cutaway full-color drawing of the USS Laffey, a Sumner class ship, historically coorect artists’ renderings of the ships in action, and color profiles illustrating variations in their camouflage schemes.

Additionally, a combat history of the classes is provided that illustrates the important roles these vessels played throughout the war. I did not have a full appreciation of the fact that most of the Fletcher class destroyers were primarily deployed to the Pacific theater to support the island-hopping campaign of General McArthur and to protect the invasion forces, as well as the supporting aircraft carriers and battleships from the opposing Japanese surface forces, as well as the air and submarine threat. Mr. McComb also provides insight into the increase in effectiveness of destroyer operations when they were able to operate independently from the cruisers and battleships and respond to the threat by their own initiative, as well as the need to manage the myriad of target information from radar and sonar in a Combat Information Center to most effectively understand the enemy posture to respond to incoming threats.

Finally, the book is not merely a cold engineering history and operational summary, but incorporates the personal experiences of the men who operated these ships. Mr. McComb brings home the disproportionate number of casualties and loss of life suffered by destroyermen, particularly as a result of kamikaze attacks and the later okha bombs – not because these ships were ill-suited for their mission, but, on the contrary, because they evolved to be the best equipped to face surface, air and undersea threats, despite facing overwhelming odds. One can not read this book without developing an understanding these were truly the men who went “in harm’s way” to defend the allied Army and Navy forces and to attack and destroy the enemy, even when vastly outgunned and outnumbered.
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US Destroyers '42-'45 The Wartime Classes 1. Juli 2010
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Well written book. The author does a commendable job in covering both the technical and operational aspects of the three classes of destroyers in this group. The book only suffers due to the constraints of the Osprey format, e.g. a limited number of pages to pack in the words, photos and drawings. Artwork is good, choice of photos does a good job of portraying technical details, life aboard the ship and operational issues (decks awash in a storm or underway replenishment for example) and both compliment the text well.
This Army tanker thoroughly enjoyed reading about the type of ship his father served on (the Vesole, a Gearing class)
A great start for digging into the subject.
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Destroyers in World War II 16. Mai 2010
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Format: Taschenbuch Verifizierter Kauf
A destroyer, according to the author, is (Page 4) ". . .a compact fighting machine, bursting with crew, and with serious hitting and staying power. . .Inevitably, its small size also made it a natural choice for any assignment where larger ships were ill-suited or too expensive to risk. . . ."

This is an entry in the Osprey "Wartimes classes" series. It focuses on US destroyers from 1942 through 1945. The focus is three classes of destroyer--the Fletcher, the Sumner, and the Gearing. For each, specifications are provided as well as a listing of all destroyers in each class. The book also describes these destroyers' roles in battles such as Guadalcanal, Bougainville, and Iwo Jima. The book notes that some destroyers in each class were still in active service into the 1970s--and in some navies into the 21st century.

If interested in such destroyers in World War II, this is a nice, brief introduction.
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Must have for Destroyer fans 30. Juli 2012
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Format: Taschenbuch
These two volumes represent an excelent and concise history of US Navy Destroyers of the WW II period. The books are crammed with lots of details (where built, initial squadron, etc.) in addition to the combat history of many ships. Thoroughly researched and well written by a recognized expert in the field.
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