Synopses & Reviews
This lavishly illustrated history of naval and coastal artillery since the mid-fifteenth century is the first to present a lucid overview of the complex subject in a single-volume. Drawing from examples found at museums, memorial sites, monuments, private collections, and museum ships, the author describes some 275 naval guns. He begins with the earliest bronze-cast cannon and continues through the development of the explosive shell in the nineteenth century to today's fully automatic weapons, which load, train, lay, and fire themselves with deadly accuracy. Such guns as the basilisk, bombard, culverin, drake, minion, saker, passavolante, and serpentine are covered, as well as the guns of Russian and Soviet ships. This wealth of information is sure to become an indispensable reference and a unique guide to extant weapons throughout the world.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213) and index.
Table of Contents
Ships' guns: Wrought iron chamber pieces and cast muzzle-loaders up to 1850 ; Carronades and mortars ; Rifled breech-loaders and muzzle-loaders up to 1890 ; Early semi-automatic and automatic weapons, boat guns and landing guns ; Quick-loading and quick-firing guns up to c1920 ; Deck and turret guns of the Second World War ; Submarine guns ; Light and heavy anti-aircraft guns ; Modern dual-purpose guns since 1945 -- Coast defense guns: Smooth-bore and rifled muzzle-loaders up to c1880 ; Rifled breech-loaders and QF guns up to 1920 ; Coastal guns of the First and Second World Wars ; Land-based naval anti-aircraft and railway guns.