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The Buckley-class destroyer escorts
Franklin, Bruce Hampton, 1962-
Publication Information:
Annapolis, Md. : Naval Institute Press, [1999]

Physical Description:
x, 210 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
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V825 .F73 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Presents the first complete photographic record of all 154 ships of the Buckley class along with ship plans and narrative that recaptures their history.

Author Notes

Bruce Franklin earned a bachelor's degree in linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh and was a Century Fellow in linguistics at the University of Chicago. He lives in Philadelphia, where he works for the University of Pennsylvania Press.

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Booklist Review

The subjects of Franklin's superior monograph constituted the most numerous class of U.S. Navy destroyer escorts during World War II. More than 150 were built, and they served in several allies' navies (some 50 in the British) in both the Atlantic and the Pacific. They fought long and hard, taking and inflicting heavy casualties in antisubmarine warfare. Later they survived the kamikazes off Okinawa. Many, rearmed or converted into destroyer transports, were still serving in friendly Third World navies 30 years after their launching. Franklin has comprehensively researched the book, and the effort has elicited much new and useful information, such as the design compromises that shortages of materials and facilities forced on even the lavish U.S. wartime production machine. Graphic material includes comprehensive plans as well as illustrations of most ships of the class. Lovers of World War II ships will accord Franklin and the publisher a hearty "Well done." --Roland Green

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
List of Abbreviationsp. xi
Part 1 Design and Deployment
1 Historical Backgroundp. 3
2 Design and Armamentp. 11
3 Conversion Programsp. 47
4 Service Historyp. 61
Part 2 Pictorial History
5 The Photographic Recordp. 99
A. Number of Completed and Proposed DEs by Class and Dispositionp. 175
B. Statistical Data of Buckley-Class Shipsp. 176
C. Monthly Totals of Buckley-Class Production and Service Deployment, 1942-1945p. 186
D. German and Japanese Submarines Credited to Buckley-Class Ships, 1943-1945p. 188
E. Buckley-Class Ships That Sustained Heavy Damage or Were Lost, 1943-1945p. 190
F. U.S. Navy Escort Divisions and Royal Navy Escort Groups Containing Buckley-Class Ships, 1943-1945p. 192
Sourcesp. 199
Acknowledgmentsp. 203
Indexp. 205