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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Seaforth Publishing (20 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848321007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848321007
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 24.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a superb piece of work, and an invaluable addition to the library of anyone interested in naval warfare during the First World War. - History of War

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NORMAN FRIEDMAN is arguably America s most prominent naval analyst, and the author of more than thirty books covering a range of naval subjects, from warship histories to contemporary defence issues. Seaforth has recently published his well-received history of British destroyers in two volumes, with a similar volume on British cruisers in production.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Passat on 9 Jan. 2012
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To anyone interested in the technical history and development of 20th and 21st century warships Norman Friedman will need no introduction. Along with Norman Polmar, Friedman is the most accomplished and authoritative warship author in the USA. Together their works are accepted world-wide as being reliable, accurate and without bias or prejudice.

This new work - an illustrated directory - by Friedman is the first comprehensive study on the naval weapons of the First World War. It covers guns, torpedoes, mines and ASW (anti-submarine weapons) of all major nations from the period, including Britain, Germany, Italy, the US, France, Russia, Japan, Austria, Spain and Sweden. Each weapon is described in detail, supported by photographs and/or line drawings or reproductions of original manufacturers draughts. In addition to drawings and photographs of the actual weaponms there are numerous photos of various types of warships. Naturally the section on gunnery is the largest as guns were, at the time, considered the prime naval weapon.

This book will undoubtedly become THE standard reference work on the subject and will prove invaluable to model makers. It also compliments other relatively recent works by Friedman covering the same period.

The quality of reproduction is excellent and the large format allows for drawings and photographs to be reproduced to a reasonable size, thereby allowing for maximum detail to be clearly shown.

It is refreshing to note that the dust jacket reproduction is from a painting by the renowned German marine artist Claus Bergen. It shows a German battlecruiser in action during what the RN refer to as the Battle of Jutland. Usually the dust jacket for a naval book on this period would have shown what are now over-used paintings by Wyllie or Wilkinson, etc. It's good to see something new in this respect!

Highly recommended!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By charles whitworth on 1 Feb. 2013
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This book, is more a reference book you dip into and read the bits that interest you. It covers naval weapons, mainly guns, from WWI. It does it in great detail for different callibres of guns for each Naval nation, accompanied by excellent drawings and photos. There are shorter sections on torpedoes, mines, mine-sweeping. My only gripe is that it does cover these other weapons in more detail.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Hough on 6 Sept. 2013
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Every naval weapon of every WW1 navy you can think of - including neutrals - plus land artillery which went to sea on armed merchant ships. The book centres itself on WW1 but necessarily covers older weapons which were still in use. Depth charges, mines, torpedoes are all covered with notes on tactics and fire control. The consequences of the various nation's methods of gun barrel and breech construction are discussed in detail, and the variations in export equipments are explored.
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