BIG GUN MONITORS

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BIG GUN MONITORS
Design, Construction and Operations, 1914-1945
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140450
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Era: 20 th c
  • Number of Pages: 256
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: August 2008
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Little more than huge gun mountings fitted on simple, self-propelled rafts, the Royal Navy's big gun monitors were designed and built rapidly to fulfill an urgent need for heavy shore bombardment during World War I. They were largely forgotten when this short-lived requirement was over until Buxton produced the first edition of this book in 1978. Now completely revised, expanded, and redesigned to a larger format, the book provides a top-notch technical and operational history, supported by more than 200 illustrations of the ship. A final class, built in World War II, along with new material on the heavier monitors, is included in this revised and expanded edition of a classic work.

Ian Buxton is a naval architect who taught in the School of Marine Science and Technology at the University of Newcastle for twenty-eight years. The former president of the World Ship Society, he is the author of four books.

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“This is a valuable reference about the monitors, and will also be of use to those interested in inshore operations, including amphibious landings, ship and heavy gun construction, and even British defense policy.” — The NYMAS Review, Fall 2011

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