By:- Peter Padfield
Hugh Evelyn London (1973)
Hard back book with dust jacket in generally very good condition – slight tears to dust jacket
320 pages with many b&w photographs and diagrams and some full colour photographs
This major work, the first full-length study of naval gunnery, traces the development of naval guns from their first recorded use up to the main armament of the battleships of WW2. It examines the various types of guns, shells, fire control and director firing and analyses the methods and difficulties experienced by gunners in maintaining accuracy and rate of fire within the limitations of their instruments and weapons through four centuries in which the naval gun dominated sea warfare.