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Sumner-Gearing-Class Destroyers: Their Design, Weapons, and Equipment (Ausa)
Robert F. Sumrall  More Info

Iowa Class Battleships: Their Design, Weapons and Equipment
Robert F. Sumrall  More Info
USS Yorktown (CV 10) (Warship's Data 5)
Robert F. Sumrall  More Info
Uss Intrepid (Cv 11) (Warship Data Series)
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USS Kidd (DD661) (Warship's data)
Robert F Sumrall  More Info
Pearl Harbor Attack
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USS (U.S.S.) Arizona (BB 59) : Ship's Data
Norman; Lott, Arnold S.; Sumrall, Robert F. Friedman  More Info
USS Bowfin (SS-287) (Warship's data)
Robert F Sumrall  More Info

According to a reader of Iowa Class Battleships: Their Design, Weapons and Equipment, “An authoritative monograph of such a quality is a real gem. The volume is simply stunning for the high standard it sets. The first chapter deals with the evolution of battleship design, beginning with the frame imposed by the Washington treaty and the never ending erosion of its limits. Consequently the concessions to opposing countries triggered a naval race that shaped the operational requirements for the Iowa class. This comprehensive preamble is instrumental to the chapter dedicated to narrate ships design backgrounds, development stages and construction phases.


Superbly completed by snapshots at building yards and drydocks, the author delivers outstandigly all the historical details of class birth, in particular the amazing incompatibility of barbette and turret design due to different dimensions in the Service Bureaus' drawings. Armament, Fire Controls and Protection are thoroughly described; many illustrations and design sketches are available, an useful insight of project complexity and of the inner strength of the class, true reason of its longevity.


A nice feature is printed in appendix. Many general arrangement drawings are printed full page, showing different outfits during ship career. Paintings and camouflages are very handy, since modelers can study many assembly details. For the technicalities enthusiast, internal general layouts, decks configuration, sheer, body and half breadth are carefully depicted.  As a naval book, this one is unrivalled for the specific warship design and history, a true masterpiece and a pleasant reading for the scholar and for the general public alike.”

Robert F. Sumrall has an extensive background in naval architecture and marine engineering. He is the author of Sumner-Gearing Class Destroyers and Iowa Class Battleships published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press. His other writings include over twenty technical/historical monographs of U.S. Naval vessels for three other publishers and articles for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings, Conway's History of the Ship, Conway's Warship, and other similar journals. Robert Sumarll served in the U.S. Navy and Naval Reserve from 1947 until his retirement, as a Chief Petty Officer, from the USS Iowa in 1990. In addition to the Iowa, he served in eight destroyers, two destroyer escorts, two submarine tenders, one minesweeper, and two patrol craft.


Robert Sumrall is the assistant Director and Curator of Ship Models at the U.S. Naval Academy Museum. He is responsible for the Academy's world renown Henry Huddleston Rogers Collection of 17th and 18th century dockyard models. Except for various periods of active duty he has been with the museum since 1970.Robert Sumrall has been a member of the board of directors of Tin Can Sailors the National Association of Destroyer Veterans since 1996. As a board member he serves on the Destroyer Museum Grant Committee, as the Archivist, and manages the association's technical library.


Robert Sumrall is the author of Sumner-Gearing-Class Destroyers: Their Design, Weapons, and Equipment; USS Yorktown; USS Intrepid; USS Missouri; USS Kidd; and,  USS Bowfin.  He is also the co-author of USS Massachusetts; Iowa Class Battleships: Their Design, Weapons and Equipment; Pearl Harbor Attack; and, USS Arizona.


According to the book description of Sumner-Gearing-Class Destroyers: Their Design, Weapons, and Equipment, “In this handsomely illustrated work, the well-known ship expert Robert Sumrall traces the origins of the U.S. Navy's Sumner-Gearing class destroyers through half a century of changing naval technology. He shows the great advances made in ordnance, fire control, and steam engineering in a destroyer class that served as a standard for post-World War II destroyer design and development. Nearly three hundred illustrations, many in color, enhance the authoritative text.

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