Although the Great War might be regarded as the heyday of the big-gun at sea, it also saw the maturing of underwater weapons – the mine and torpedo – as well as the first signs of the future potency of air power. Between 1914 and 1918 weapons development was both rapid and complex, so this book has two functions: on the one hand it details all the guns, torpedoes, mines, aerial bombs and anti-submarine systems employed during that period; but it also seeks to explain the background to their evolution – how the weapons were perceived at the time and how they were actually used. This involves a discussion of tactics and emphasises the key 'enabling' technology of fire control and gun mountings. In this respect the book treats the war as a transition from naval weapons which were essentially experimental at its outbreak to a state where they pointed directly to what would be used in World War Two.
Based largely on original research, this sophisticated book is more than a catalogue of the weapons, offering insight into some of the most important technical and operational factors influencing the war at sea. In this respect it is more broadly significant than its title might suggest.
Friedman’s book breaks this mould [researchers focussing on the period leading up to the outbreak of war] wide open.’
‘Comprehensive coverage’Norman Friedman
Friedman’s book breaks this mould [researchers focussing on the period leading up to the outbreak of war] wide open.
Comprehensive coverage.Unknown, Winter 2013
When I first opened it, I had intended to read just sufficient to enable me to write a fair and detailed review; I ended up reading most of the book. For a work purporting to... [read full review]Warship 2013
This is a ‘must have’ book for the WW1/ WWII naval scholar, the model ship builder, and those who are interested in naval artillery weaponry. The book is filled with photos and mechanical drawings which... [read full review]The Lone Star Book Review
The 408 page book is divided into four sections – guns, torpedoes, mines, and ASW weapons – with each section covering those weapons on a country – by – country basis. It describes how the... [read full review]Ships Monthly, January 2013
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
An absolute must for anyone with a serious interest in naval warfare.
A first class work. 10/10Great War Magazine
An absolute must for anyone with a serious interest in naval warfare, undertaking research or with just a passing curiosity in the subject. Well produced and illustrated with photographs, illustrations and plans it not only... [read full review]Great War Books
Based largely on original research, this publication is much more than a catalogue of the naval weapons of the First World War. Indeed, the author offers an insight into the guns, torpedoes, mines, aerial bombs... [read full review]Britain at War, April 2012
Norman Friedman gives us an incredibly comprehensive view of the weapons used by the Great War navies of…ready for this? Britain, Germany, France, the United States, Italy, Russia, Japan, Austria, Spain, Sweden, and other navies.... [read full review]Daly History Blog
When reviewing books by Norman Friedman it is becoming increasingly difficult t find the right superlatives which do full justice in his masterly works and this latest superb book is no exception,
Friedman does... [read full review]Scuttlebutt, Spring 2012
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