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Colosseum Builders—Armor of the Iowa-Class Battleships



(The Design of the Iowa Class Battleships Volume 2)

By John M. Miano

Iowa Class Armor Cover

This is the latest  in John Miano's detailed series of books documenting the structure of the Iowa-class battleships. This volume covers the ships' armor protection. This book relies on original plans and actual on-board inspection as its primary sources. Consequently, Armor of the Iowa-Class Battleships corrects many errors about the armor that have been repeatedly copied. It is 380 pp. and in large, 11" x 8 1/2" format. There are over 700 photographs, illustrations, 3D renderings, and original plan reproductions.

The distributor has had problems getting the the book to on-line books stores (e.g., Amazon) due to the book's large size. There have been no problems reported ordering from the Lulu bookstore here. or at museum gift shops. If you buy from a museum, all proceeds go to supporting your favorite battleship! The books sold on Lulu and at museums are printed on heavier paper than those sold through other on-line bookstores.

John Miano's research into the known remaining builders' plans for the Iowa-class battleships has allowed him to produce the most thoroughly researched volume on this subject ever to be published. His ability to extrapolate plans that did not survive the last 80+ years makes this volume a must have for any battleship aficionado. I keep this book on my desk on board USS New Jersey and reference it frequently, but you don't need your own Iowa-class battleship to appreciate his extensive scholarship. 

-Ryan Szimanski, Executive Director of the Historic Naval Ships Association and the Curator for Battleship New Jersey Museum and Memorial

Using hundreds of researched graphics and photographs, based on blueprints and physical examinations, this book delves deeply into the details of the Iowa-class battleships' armor systems. Following John Miano's unique book on the battleship New Jersey, the author has now expanded the analysis of the protective armor story placed on the four Iowa's. The design, development, and construction techniques of the armor are discussed along with many associated detailed illustrations. This book will be a welcomed addition to the armor "rivet counters" collection.

-David Way, Historian for the Battleship Iowa

This book is a must have for any Iowa-Class Battleship enthusiast, researcher, or museum employee. The author has gone to great lengths doing the leg work on the armor of the ships and turned countless technical documents into something the lay person can understand. Pictures and diagrams help to put the text into perspective that a novice or seasoned ship enthusiast can enjoy and learn from.

-Keith Nitka, Battleship Operations Manager, Nauticus & the Battleship Wisconsin museum, and Battleship Wisconsin veteran 1990 - 1991

The book includes measurements for every piece of armor on these ships.
Turret Hood

The methods for attaching armor to the ships are shown.
Armor Attachment

Details of the armor are shown in photographs and in 3D renderings, where photography is impossible. The differences among the various ships in the Iowa-class are depicted.
Conning Towers

Original plans are used where possible.
Pinion Shaft Plug

Coverage includes armored grates.
Armored Grates

Armored hatches are included in the coverage.
Armored Hatch

And the book covers the armor installation.
Armor Installation