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Round Bridge Fletcher

Round Bridge Fletcher Book Review

By Stephen Sutton

Date of Review January 2015 Title Round Bridge Fletcher
Author Rick E. Davis Publisher Classic Warships Publishing
Published 2014 ISBN 978-0-9857149-6-3
Format 72 pages, softbound MSRP (USD) $18.00


Classic Warships and Naval historian Rick E. Davis gives us the early Round Bridge Fletcher.  In 1941, the US Navy began building a fleet of large destroyers, its first design to rival the Japanese "special type" destroyers that had first entered service more than a decade before. These "2,100-toners" became the most successful of all American destroyers, fast, roomy, capable of absorbing enormous punishment, and a flush deck design. This book covers the 58 units of the total of 175 built in the class, known as the "Round Bridge" design.

Overall, aerial and many detail images, all period photography, highlight these valiant warships that carried the US Navy through the Second World War in the Pacific. Contained within the 72 pages and covers are 4 color photos and 122 black and white photos, most never before in print.

This book is a "must have" for any interested in the visual history of this warship type and in US Navy destroyers of the World War Two era.  I highly recommend this book for your reference book shelf, the cost of this book in minor compared to the time and effort it took for Classic Warships to research and produce this much needed pictorial.  Tamiya, Revell, and Trumpeter all have kits of this class destroyer.

Thanks goes out to Steve Wiper of for the review sample!