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Naval Anti-Aircraft Guns and Gunnery by Norman Friedman

By Norman Friedman

This ebook does for naval anti-aircraft defence what the author's Naval Firepower did for floor gunnery – it makes a hugely advanced yet traditionally an important topic available to the layman. It chronicles the starting to be aerial danger from its inception within the First global battle and the reaction of every of the foremost navies right down to the top of the second one, highlighting specifically the commonly underestimated hazard from dive-bombing. imperative to this dialogue is an research of what potent AA fire-control required, and the way good every one navy's platforms really labored. It additionally takes within the guns themselves, how they have been put on ships, and the way this mirrored the tactical recommendations of naval AA defence. As will be anticipated from any Friedman e-book, it deals outstanding insights – he argues, for instance, that the Royal army, so usually criticised for loss of 'air-mindedness', used to be really the main alert to the hazard, yet that its platforms have been insufficient now not simply because they have been too primitive yet simply because they attempted to accomplish too much.

The publication summarises the adventure of WW2, fairly in theatres the place the aerial risk used to be maximum, and a concluding bankruptcy appears at post-1945 advancements that drew on wartime classes. All very important weapons, administrators and electronics are represented in close-up images and drawings, and long appendices aspect their technical info. it truly is, easily, one other fantastic contribution to naval technical background by means of its top exponent.

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