By David Doyle
The battleship USS
served the Navy from 1914 until just after WWII.
was famously sent to reinforce the British Grand Fleet during WWI. Extensively rebuilt and modernized in 1927–28,
continued to serve both in the Atlantic and the Pacific fleets and was in drydock being further modernized on December 7, 1941. It rejoined the fleet, first providing escort in the Atlantic, then providing gunfire support for Operation Torch, the Allied invasion of North Africa. Transferred to the Pacific Fleet in late 1944,
turned its 14-inch guns on enemy positions at Iwo Jima and Okinawa. Following the war,
was declared obsolete and used as a target for the 1946 atomic blasts at Bikini Atoll, survived the tests, and was eventually sunk by conventional weapons in July 1948. The hundreds of photographs in this volume trace the history of this warship from its launching in 1914, through two world wars, to atomic bomb testing. Part of the Legends of Warfare series.
Size: 9.0in x 9.0in | Pages: 112
| 241 b/w and color photos