Big Gun Monitors

Design, Construction and Operations, 1914-1945
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Published:August 1, 2008
By Ian Buxton (Author)

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.

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Product Details
  • Subject: Ship Design & Reference
  • Hardback : 256 pages
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (August 1, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1591140455
  • ISBN-13: 9781591140450
  • Product Dimensions: 10 X 11.5 in
  • Shipping Weight: 33.04 oz

Ian Buxton, a retired naval architect, is an acknowledged expert on shipbuilding, and is perhaps best known for his book Big Gun Monitors. Both authors live in the United Kingdom.

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