Army & Navy - Mightiest, Fastest

To accent what was already its proudest Navy Day, the world's most colossal Navy last week told some colossal facts about its most colossal ships: the 45,000-ton Iowa and her sister battleships are the mightiest and fastest in the world, bigger by 5,000 tons than Britain's Lion, faster than Germany's 42,000-ton Tirpitz.

Armed with 158 cannon, ranging in caliber from 16-inchers (nine) down to 20-mm. antiaircraft pieces, an Iowa needs more than half her complement of 2,500 men simply to man her guns. She is armored with 16-inch plate, is built so ruggedly that the recoil of her main batteries...

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