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The Bofors Gun (ePub)

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Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 78.5 MB (.epub)
Pages: 259
ISBN: 9781473835047
Published: 30th April 2014


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The 40mm Bofors Gun, first produced in the 1930s, has become one of the most famous artillery pieces of all time. It shows no sign of fading from the defence scene even though, in the second decade of the twenty-first century, it performs in many roles that were not contemplated by its original designers. It has also proved to be so versatile that it is now allied to electronic and other technological marvels that were mere pipe dreams only a few years ago. When the Bofors entered the international defence market, its primary quarry, the military aircraft, was still a slow and fragile machine that could be terminally damaged by a single hit from a 40mm projectile. Terry Gander describes this early period in the gun's development and he shows how, despite recent
increases in target speed and other performance parameters, it can still inflict a one-hit kill on almost any aircraft, helicopter
or guided missile. Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of the story is that the fundamentals of today's Bofors guns remain virtually unchanged from the very first examples to come off the Karlskoga production line in Sweden. In all its forms, the Bofors continues to be a sound, reliable and lethal piece of military hardware that has given good service to gunners all over the world.
Terry Gander's comprehensive account of the history of this remarkable weapon over the course of almost eighty years is fascinating
reading and an invaluable work of reference for military historians and artillery specialists alike. It is the definitive work in the field.

As featured on BBC Radio Guernsey.

This is a useful examination of a fairly ubiquitous weapon system of the Second World War, and added a great deal to my knowledge of this key naval gun.

History of War

Very readable.

Go 2 War 2

Once again Pen & Sword have released another fantastic reference book, entitled 'The Bofors Gun' by Terry Gander. Bound in hardback format, and at 252 pages, this is a defining body of work covering the history and development of this iconic weapon.

I was rather happy to receive this book to review. It's a subject that has interested me since I was a child. Back then I had played on a World War Two era twin mount Bofors gun at a local, and sadly now lost, aircraft museum in South Devon. The Bofors gun is a well known weapon system that's made its way all over the globe. It has appeared in just about every conflict in one guise or another, not many other designs can boast that.

The author has researched this book very well, from the earliest beginnings of the Bofors Company in the 17th Century, through to the modern day. The book is illustrated with plenty of drawings and photographs depicting the different variations and developments. Some great pictures show the actual weapon in operation during conflicts as well as testing on ranges. Also within the pages are some diagrams and pictures of the ammunition used. This is always nice for me as a collector, as this detail is normally overlooked.

The Bofors gun is one of those books that as soon as I finished reading it I started again. The book is filled to the gunwales with every bit of information you could possibly want to know about each variant of the weapon system. The book covers the rate
of fire, ammunition type, supply, sighting, and more. I have learnt an incredible amount on top of what I thought I knew already, which was not as much as it turned out. This was a weapon design that appeared at the right time, and transformed the fortunes of a then small company, to that of a major player in the armaments business.

If you have any interest in the history of the Bofors gun then this is a must have book. Although the book is crammed with lots
of technical data, it’s a very easy and fascinating read. The book is well laid out and covers everything from the humble beginnings, up to and including the sales and the all important license agreements for customers to manufacture their own guns and ammunition. The author highlights the single, twin, and quad Naval AA mounts used in World War Two and beyond. Also discussed are some of the less than successful experimental designs like the United States DIVADS M247 Sergeant York project in the 1980's. The book culminates with the next generation Bofors 40/70 and Fast Forty and eventually up to the modern day.

Stand Easy Blog

A superbly detailed account of this most famous weapon.

Military Machines International

The author has provided a comprehensive study of the 40mm Bofors and its applications. As a reliable and relatively low cost weapon, it will probably continue in use for years to come. The excellent selection of photographs, including full colour, very effectively enhances the text and the ammunition has also been covered. The latter is important in a weapon of this type because it provides optimised shells for specific targets, including shells designed to penetrate modern armour. The importance of specialist ammunition is often overlooked and the continuing development has maintained the currency of the Bofors.


The best reference to be found on this famous weapon. Well illustrated throughout, it's great to see this sought after title available again, and in a hugely updated form.

Military Modelling Magazine
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