Tin cans & greyhounds : the destroyers that won two world wars / Clint Johnson.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: For men on destroyer-class warships during World War I and World War II, battles were waged "against overwhelming odds from which survival could not be expected." Those were the words Lieutenant Commander Robert Copeland calmly told his crew as their tiny, unarmored destroyer escort rushed toward giant, armored Japanese battleships at the Battle off Samar on October 25, 1944. This action-packed narrative history of destroyer-class ships brings readers inside the half-inch-thick hulls to meet the men who fired the ships' guns, torpedoes, hedgehogs, and depth charges. Nicknamed "tin cans" or "greyhounds," destroyers were fast escort and attack ships that proved indispensable to America's military victories. Beginning with destroyers' first incarnation as torpedo boats in 1874 and ending with World War II, author Clint Johnson shares the riveting stories of the Destroyer Men who fought from inside a "tin can"--risking death by cannons, bombs, torpedoes, fire, and drowning. The British invented destroyers, the Japanese improved them, and the Germans failed miserably with them. It was the Americans who perfected destroyers as the best fighting ship in two world wars. Tin Cans & Greyhounds compares the designs of these countries with focus on the old, modified World War I destroyers, and the new and numerous World War II destroyers of the United States. Tin Cans & Greyhounds details how destroyers fought submarines, escorted convoys, rescued sailors and airmen, downed aircraft, shelled beaches, and attacked armored battleships and cruisers with nothing more than a half-inch of steel separating their crews from the dark waves.
    • Content Notes:
      The early years : "Weather today is fine, but high waves" -- World War I in Europe : "Do as much damage as possible" -- U.S. enters the war : "We are ready now, sir!" -- The 1920s : "We have no destroyers today!" -- The 1930s : "A destroyer is not a likely target" -- Atlantic Theater 1939-1941 : "Keep on engaging the enemy" -- Pacific Theater 1941 : "Suddenly and deliberately attacked" -- Atlantic Theater 1942 : "American beacons and searchlights visible at night" -- Pacific Theater 1942 : "Courageous abandon against fearful odds" -- Atlantic Theater 1943 : "Wiped out every exposed member of the sub's crew topside" -- Pacific Theater 1943 : "Our losses for this single battle were fantastic" -- Atlantic Theater 1944 : "Man on deck of sub attempting to man gun disintegrates" -- Pacific Theater 1944 : "A fight against overwhelming odds from which survival can't be expected" -- Atlantic Theater 1945 : "I think that is the end of the sub" -- Pacific Theater 1945 : "The gates of hell awaited us."
    • Notes:
      Read by Tom Perkins.
    • Other Titles:
      Tin cans and greyhounds.
    • ISBN:
      9781515940968
      1515940969
    • Accession Number:
      fay.642830
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      JOHNSTON, C. Tin cans & greyhounds : the destroyers that won two world wars. [S. l.: s. n.]. ISBN 9781515940968. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830. Acesso em: 8 dez. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Johnston C. Tin Cans & Greyhounds : The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars.; 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830. Accessed December 8, 2019.
    • APA:
      Johnston, C. (2019). Tin cans & greyhounds : the destroyers that won two world wars. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Johnston, Clint. 2019. Tin Cans & Greyhounds : The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830.
    • Harvard:
      Johnston, C. (2019) Tin cans & greyhounds : the destroyers that won two world wars. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830 (Accessed: 8 December 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Johnston, C 2019, Tin cans & greyhounds : the destroyers that won two world wars, viewed 8 December 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Johnston, Clint. Tin Cans & Greyhounds : The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars. 2019. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Johnston, Clint. Tin Cans & Greyhounds : The Destroyers That Won Two World Wars, 2019. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Johnston C. Tin cans & greyhounds : the destroyers that won two world wars [Internet]. 2019 [cited 2019 Dec 8]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.642830