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USS California (HB) - Ampersand - MT7817

USS California (HB) - Ampersand - MT7817

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USS California: a visual history of the Golden State Battleship BB-44. Boodk by David Doyle. The very first in a new series of books on U.S. capital ships in the Second World War. Part of the 'Extended' Visual History format, this book is packed with many photos accompanied by beautifully rendered line drawings and color plates of the USS California. Coverage begins with the laying of her keel in 1916 and continues with the ship's launching, commissioning and outfitting. The title then explores the ship's long history from her days in the 'Blue Water Navy' to her sinking at Pearl Harbor with hundreds of detailed photos. Salvaged and refitted, the USS California was back in action at Saipan just 30 months later. The photographic coverage follows the history of the 'Prune barge' all though her WWII experience right through to her decommissioning in 1959. An essential companion to the Trumpeter plastic kit; 168 pages.