USS Helena (CL-50), c.1940

USS Helena (CL-50), c.1940
This side view of the Brooklyn class light cruiser USS Helena (CL-50) shows the unusual layout of the main guns, with her third forward gun mounted below her second gun, limiting it to broadside fire only.
US Navy Light Cruisers 1941-45, Mark Stille. Covers the five classes of US Navy light cruisers that saw service during the Second World War, with sections on their design, weaponry, radar, combat experience. Nicely organised, with the wartime service records separated out from the main text, so that the design history of the light cruisers flows nicely. Interesting to see how new roles had to be found for them, after other technology replaced them as reconnaissance aircraft [read full review]
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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (22 April 2017), USS Helena (CL-50), c.1940 ,

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