For a large format book with a large number of first rate images in illustration, this book is priced very competitively. It has to be the master work on the subject, well-written and packed with information on weapons from a period when revolutionary new weapons were entering service to deal with revolutionary threats. Very Highly Recommended.
NAME: Naval Weapons of World War One, Guns, Torpedoes, Mines and ASW Weapons of All Nations, An Illustrated History
AUTHOR: Norman Friedman
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword, Seaforth
BINDING: hard back
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, First World War, The Great War, torpedoes, mines, guns, ASW weapons, tactics, deployment, threats, targets, technology
DESCRIPTION: For a large format book with a large number of first rate images in illustration, this book is priced very competitively. It has to be the master work on the subject, well-written and packed with information on weapons from a period when revolutionary new weapons were entering service to deal with revolutionary threats. Very Highly Recommended.
In a short space of time the heaviest guns mounted on battleships and battlecruisers had grown from 10 inch to 14 inch with the design and construction of 15, 16 and 18 inch guns already underway. This extended the range of gun engagements and the weight of fire that could be landed on a target. This advance demanded improved methods of laying guns on the target and required greatly improved optical devices for spotting and mechanical computers to work out the target predictions. This was a technical revolution, but it was carried down through to the guns on the smallest fast coastal craft. It began to create challenges because the heaviest guns could engage targets beyond the range of sight.
Torpedoes were a dramatic revolution. They potentially gave the smallest attack craft, the frail aeroplanes and the rapidly developing submarines the ability to take on the largest merchant craft and warships, sink them and escape safely to fight another day. This demanded new guns to fire at aircraft and new anti-submarine weapons and detector systems.
The most effective weapon was often the sea mine. Large minefields were laid across the North Sea and around the Channel, with safe routes plotted for friendly vessels. Many ships were to be sunk by mines on both sides, sometimes by errant mines that had broken their moorings and washed along in the currents to threaten friend and foe equally. This demanded improved methods of laying and sweeping to target the enemy and protect friends.
All of this development and deployment by the world’s navies has inevitably resulted in a large and formidable book to record the processes. The author has divided each group of weapons into national sections. This provided immediate comparison of navies and also helps the reader to go quickly to the desired area of the book for particular weapons.