Books: The Small Boys

U.S. DESTROYER OPERATIONS IN WORLD WAR II (581 pp.)—Theodore Roscoe—U.S. Naval Institute ($10).

The East China Sea over hundreds of miles was plowed into moving, triangular furrows as the great U.S. amphibious force bore toward Okinawa. In the center of the mighty array were 1,213 vessels carrying 182,000 assault troops and their gear of war. Supporting the transport and LSTs was the largest fleet concentration in naval history—nearly 1,500 war vessels, more than 40 aircraft carriers, 18 battleships, scores of cruisers. On the outer ring of the armada, far beyond the men on...

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