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Naval Weapons of WWI
on 9 January 2012
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!