am 7. Mai 2004
Broken down by usage categories (such as Naval Guns, Army Weapons, Weapons for Air Fighting and so on), this book presents the development history of and the technical differences between various types of guns in a way that is both readable and comprehensive. Somehow, the author manages to cram clear function diagrams, lots of photographs and a comprehensive annex with side drawings, gun tables and ammunition profiles together with a very readable text into a book that has just 300 pages. Every time you open the book, something new turns up, and you gain new insight into developments and technical background.
Guns are presented from the very beginnings of automatic weapons up to the present, covering all major players in the field. There is the profound impression that the amount of information given is not based on any national bias but on the impact of developments and the amount of information available.
I would highly recommend this book to army, naval and air enthusiasts who want to learn more about what has so far been just black tubes sticking out of your favourite subject. Experts in the field should also find it valuable as a comprehensive reference work.