| Reviewed by
Martin J Quinn
Classic Warship Publishing has released a new book, the 45th in it's Warship Pictorial line. This one focuses on the Square Bridge Fletcher class destroyers, which constituted almost 2/3 of this class of ships.
|This book features 72 pages with over
115 images - including several in color - of the "Square Bridge" Fletcher
class destroyers, the most numerous variant of the most numerous class
of destroyers ever built.
As with the previous "Round Bridge Fletcher" volume, the book is laid out by different variants within the Square Bridge type:
As with CW42 - Round Bridge Fletchers, the layout of the book seems unorthodox at first, but once you flip through it, it makes sense and groups the types of variants together. Also included in the book is a page on the development history of the class, and a roster of the Square Bridge ships and their fates (fourteen were lost during the war). The book does not deal with post war careers.
Another fine book from Classic Warships Publishing, especially for fans of the Fletcher class and in particular, the later war square bridge version. I was unaware of all the subtle differences within the square bridge units. With it's breakdown of these differences and high quality photos, this is will be a great addition to the reference library for both naval enthusiasts and scale-modelers alike. This is Warship Pictorial 45 - Square Bridge Fletcher. Published by Classic Warships Publishing ISBN 978-0-99969199-1-3. Price is $18.00 US retail and it is available direct of from one of their vendors listed on the Classic Warships website. Get your copy now.
Thanks to Classic Warships for the review sample.