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British Naval Weapons of World War Two (ePub)

The John Lambert Collection, Volume I: Destroyer Weapons

WWII Seaforth Naval Naval Warfare WWII Weaponry

Edited by Norman Friedman
Seaforth Publishing
File Size: 39.5 MB (.epub)
Illustrations: 180
ISBN: 9781526747686
eBook Released: 7th June 2019

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John Lambert was a renowned naval draughtsman, whose plans were highly valued for their accuracy and detail by modelmakers and enthusiasts. By the time of his death in 2016 he had produced over 850 sheets of drawings, many of which have never been published. These have now been acquired by Seaforth and this is the first of a planned series of albums on selected themes, reproducing complete sheets at a large page size, with an expert commentary and captioning.

The initial volumes will concentrate on British naval weaponry used in the Second World War, thus completing the project John Lambert was working on when he died. His interest was always focused on smaller warships and his weapons drawings tend to be of open mountings – the kind that present a real challenge to modelmakers – rather than enclosed turret guns, but he also produced drawings of torpedo tubes, underwater weapons, fire-control directors and even some specific armament-related deck fittings. This volume covers all such weapons carried by British destroyers of this era, with additional appendices devoted to earlier guns still in service, and destroyer-calibre weapons only mounted in larger ships.

The drawings are backed by introductory essays by Norman Friedman, an acknowledged authority on naval ordnance, while a selection of photographs add to the value of the book as visual reference. Over time, the series will be expanded to make this unique technical archive available in published form, a move certain to be welcomed by warship modellers, enthusiasts and the many fans of John Lambert’s work.

The drawings are backed by an excellent introductory essay by Norman Friedman while the selection of photographs add to the value of the book as visual reference. There is an enormous degree of detail in this book and its companion volume [referring to volume II] for me, well worth the cover price.

Marine News (World Ship Society), November 2019

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Ships Monthly, January 2020

"This book is handsomely produced to Seaforth’s high standards and is naturally very well illustrated."

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John Roberts, 2019

This exceptional volume revives the glories of the "Anatomy of the Ship" series of the Conway Publishing house and, thanks to the current scanning and printing techniques, in many cases exceeds the already exceptional quality of that unforgettable work.

STORIA militare, December 2019

Undoubtedly, the joy of these volumes is the extraordinary array of clearly presented technical drawings, the result of John Lambert’s lifetime of diligent research, skilled draughtsmanship and his abiding interest in small warships. These drawings are complemented by thoughtful and informed introductions by Norman Friedman which are, in themselves, a succinct insight into the pressures and strategic issues which resulted in the wide array of weaponry illustrated and described. Whilst these two handsome volumes (10 inches by 11½ inches) would fascinate any naval enthusiast with an interest in the World War Two era, they would be almost essential browsing for model makers and, taken together, are both a fitting testimony to John Lambert’s research and also a valuable contribution to the knowledge of the weaponry of that era.

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The Naval Review, print & online

Masterpiece of naval cartoonist John Lambert.

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Miniaturas JM

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Airfix Model World, June 2019

Those enthusiasts who are skilled in scale drawings for aircraft, AFVs and ships are all so valuable to our hobbies. I know of others who have passed away and this drawing collection are left with an uncertain future, or left to museums where they can be left in their libraries and only found by the lucky few. So I can only applaud that Seaforth have not just acquired them, but are publishing the collection to be shared and enjoyed with the many. Simply first class and I can't wait to see what comes with volume 2.

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Military Model Scene, Robin Buckland

The drawings cover all significant guns from 4.7” downwards, as well as torpedo tubes, directors, anti-submarine weapons and some ancillary equipment, such as the two speed destroyer sweep. These are fully annotated. The publisher has used a large page format so none of the drawings are cropped, or placed across the binding, making it a joy to look though, and marvel at the level of detail John achieved. As well as views from all angles of the weapons and their systems, there are several plans of destroyers of different classes that illustrate the typical armament layouts. This book deserves to do well, being of interest to modellers, historians and warship enthusiasts alike. John is no longer with us, but his drawings live on.

Nigel Denchfield, Battleship

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Airfix Model World, June 2019

It's good, & bodes very well for others in the series.
Modellers ought to love it, for concentration of detail in one place, Naval history types can add it to their growning shelves (My old man liked it, & he's a ship nut), and it retains value for the more general Military History/Weapons/Technology types. It's also got that fondle factor that Seaforth seem to be achieving in their recent output - quality paper, solid binding & crisp printing.

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WW2 Talk

It goes without saying that this book is unreservedly recommended, and will remain the seminal reference on the subject for as far in to the future as any of us can see!

IPMS Magazine March-April 2019

This is a book to acquire at all costs.

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Firetrench

This is an astonishing title with a wealth of unique reference material all in one place – with more to follow in the series!

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Scale Modelling Now

... to be welcomed by warship modellers, enthusiasts and the many fans of John Lambert's work.

Model Boats, May 2019 – reviewed by John Deamer

The amount of detail in these plans and the quality of their drafting is a joy to behold. John Lambert was one of the finest naval draftsmen in recent memory, and the presence of his drawings automatically enhanced the value of any book.

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Amazon Customer

The presentation by Seaforth is superb.

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

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About Norman Friedman

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. His most recent titles in a series of successful works for Seaforth are British Battleships of the Victorian Era and the first part of his history of British Submarines, subtitled 'in two World Wars'.

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