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Torpedo - The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

The torpedo was the greatest single game-changer in the history of naval warfare. For the first time it allowed any small, cheap torpedo-firing vessel - and by extension a small, minor navy - to threaten the largest and most powerful warships afloat. The traditional concept of seapower, based on huge fleets of expensive capital ships, required radical rethinking.
It had long been understood that the most effective way of sinking a ship is to make a hole below the waterline, but centuries of experiments had failed to produce an effective method of achieving this. After many false starts and developmental cul-de-sacs, the answer proved to be the 'locomotive' or self-propelled torpedo, which became a practical proposition in the late nineteenth century.

This book is a broad-ranging international history of the weapon, tracing not only its origins and technical progress down to the present day, but also its massive impact on all subsequent naval wars.
"Torpedo" is the first dedicated study of this highly significant subject for over thirty years, a period in which much new information has come to light and the capabilities of the weapon itself have improved beyond recognition. Because of the crucial importance of the torpedo in naval history, this is a book no enthusiast or historian can afford to miss.

Autor:Roger Branfill-Cook
Ausführung:256 Seiten, 28.5 x 22 x 2.1 cm, gebunden
Abbildungen:200 Fotos und Zeichnungen
Verlag:Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2014)
EAN:9781848322158
Buch: Torpedo - The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

Torpedo - The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon

Sprache: Englisch

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Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery

This book does for naval anti-aircraft defence what the author's Naval Firepower did for surface gunnery - it makes a highly complex but historically crucial subject accessible to the layman.
It chronicles the growing aerial threat from its inception in the First World War and the response of each of the major navies down to the end of the Second, highlighting in particular the widely underestimated danger from dive-bombing.

Central to this discussion is an analysis of what effective AA fire-control required, and how well each navy's systems actually worked. It also takes in the weapons themselves, how they were placed on ships, and how this reflected the tactical concepts of naval AA defence.
As would be expected from any Friedman book, it offers striking insights - he argues, for example, that the Royal Navy, so often criticised for lack of 'air-mindedness', was actually the most alert to the threat, but that its systems were inadequate not because they were too primitive but because they tried to achieve too much.

The book summarises the experience of WW2, particularly in theatres where the aerial danger was greatest, and a concluding chapter looks at post-1945 developments that drew on wartime lessons.
All important guns, directors and electronics are represented in close-up photos and drawings, and lengthy appendices detail their technical data. It is, simply, another superb contribution to naval technical history by its leading exponent.

Autor:Norman Friedman
Ausführung:399 Seiten, 29.5 x 25.5 x 3 cm, gebunden
Abbildungen:350 Fotos und Zeichnungen
Verlag:Seaforth Publishing (GB, 2014)
EAN:9781848321779
Buch: Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery

Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery

Sprache: Englisch

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