USS North Carolina, Squadron At Sea
This is the latest Squadron at Sea edition from Squadron and, in my opinion, one of the most interesting publications ever produced. It is a 136 page book of high quality black and white and some color photos, most of which have never been published before.
The first section deals with the history and building of the ship. I found this very interesting, especially the part about using cardboard boxes and cutouts to help lay out different configurations for various compartment layouts (way before computer aided programs).
There are also sections on commissioning, trials, overhauls, reconfigurations, armaments, and inactivation. Another section that really got my interest was the part about the ship being hit with friendly fire, something you don't hear about too much during WWII.
The color drawings would be most helpful to those that decide to build a model of the BB 55. There are several different paint schemes to choose from.
In conclusion, I would highly recommend this publication to anyone with a nautical interest, especially for the battleship enthusiast. I found it enjoyable to read and an easy format to follow. Each photo has a well written caption to explain it.
Many thanks to IPMS/USA for giving me the opportunity to read and review this fine publications and a special thanks to Squadron Signal Publications for proving "The USS North Carolina, Squadron at Sea" book for us to enjoy.