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The U.S.S. Alabama - By Robert F. Sumrall

This publication, covering the technical and operational history of the USS Alabama (BB-60), is currently out of print. There are possibly remaining copies which may be purchased from the USS Alabama Battleship Commission, contact

This publication is the second in a new series of books from TIN CAN SAILORS, the National Association of Destroyer Veterans. It is devoted to the USS Alabama (BB-60) and covers her technical and operational history.

The technical portion not only explores the exterior of the ship where the guns radar and other features are clearly visible but also the areas deep inside where the magazines, machinery and other equipment necessary to operate the ship are located. This section is a presentation of "how things work".

The operational history follows the Alabama from the time she was built until she became a museum ship at Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. The story of her service during World War II and a brief post-war period are illustrated with numerous photographs and graphics.

The book is written by noted naval historian and author Robert F. Sumrall. Graphics and Color renderings are by John R. Barrett. Cover painting and other art are courtesy of Tom Freeman.

The USS Alabama (BB-60) book consists of 68 pages plus covers. 8 pages as well as the covers are in full color as are more than 15 of the 115 photographs. Line drawings show the Alabama in her late World War II configurations and a midship cross-section shows the arrangement of armor, torpedoes and triple-bottom systems of defense. Three pages of tables give the general information and data, armament summaries, representative service rounds of ammunition, armor penetration data and fire control and radar data. Color profiles show the various camouflage design measures, equipment cutaways and scenes from aboard the ship.

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