HOGG, Ian BATCHELOR, John.
Title: Naval Gun. First Edition in dustjacket.
Publisher:  Blandford, Poole, 1978, ISBN:0713709057
Seller ID: 35833
HOGG, Ian and John BATCHELOR. Naval Gun. Poole, Dorset : Blandford, (1978).First Edition. Pp (6),7-142,(2,index). Double column. Illustrated througho ut. 4to, blue cloth, gilt lettering to spine. With illustrated end-papers, A splendidly illustrated history of the development of naval ordnance from the fourteenth century to the date of publication. "The story of the naval gun is the story of navies, for without the gun naval warfare would have been a totally different affair. Early sea battles were simply a matter of laving two ships together to allow the crew to engage in hand-to-hand combat,and the first sea-going firearms merely added to the short range carnage. Gradually, however, it became apparent that by standing off and relying upon the gun's long reach, matters could be resolved in a less expensive fashion, and so naval tactics began to appear. From then on the gunfounder beganto have as great an effect on sea battles as did the ship's captain or the wind, and the gun gradually increased in size and range until it reached a limit governed by the dimesnions of the ships and the space avaiable to al low the gun to be worked. Eventually a stalemate appeared, in which opposing ships had little technical advantage and victory went to the side which could stand longest under the pounding." - from the dj. Chapters : 1. Bombards and Serpentines; 2. The Broadside Era; 3. The Arrival of the Ironclad; 4. The Great Debate; 5. Ironclad to Dreadnought; 6. Tested by Fire; 7. Twilight of the Big Gun. With index. Name, else very good in crisp dustjacket. 25.00