Big Gun Battles

Warship Duels of the Second World War
If you are a member, log in to receive member pricing
Binding:Hardback
Published:July 15, 2015

The outcome of much of the naval war in World War II was decided by the torpedo or the aerial bomb, making the submarine and aircraft carrier, the new arbiters of naval conflict. Despite this, there were a surprising number of ship-to-ship engagements involving the big guns of battleships and cruisers. Big Gun Battles recounts some of the most important, technically interesting, or obscure of these gunfire duels. The outcome of much of the naval war in World War II was decided by the torpedo or the aerial bomb, making the submarine and aircraft carrier, the new arbiters of naval conflict. Despite this, there were a surprising number of ship-to-ship engagements involving the big guns of battleships and cruisers. Big Gun Battles recounts some of the most important, technically interesting, or obscure of these gunfire duels. Covering all theatres of the naval war, the battles selected demonstrate the changing face of surface warfare under the influence of rapidly improving fire-control systems, radar, and other sensors. By 1945 big ships could open fire at great ranges with a high probability of hitting with the first salvo. This was the pinnacle of gunnery excellence, but also heralded the end of naval gunnery as a major factor in sea warfare. Facing such deadly accuracy, navies looked to longer-ranged, smarter, weapons like surface-skimming missiles and homing torpedoes.

X
List Price: $52.95
Member Price: $42.36
 
 
 
Product Details
  • Subject: World War II
  • Hardback : 320 pages
  • Illustrations: 150 b/w illustrations
  • Publisher: Naval Institute Press (July 15, 2015)
  • ISBN-10: 1848321538
  • ISBN-13: 9781848321533
  • Product Dimensions: 6.13 X 9.25 in
  • Shipping Weight: 22.16 oz
Praise
  • “Big Gun Battles is a useful read for anyone interested in the surface side of the naval war, and would make an excellent introduction to the subject for the novice.” The NYMAS Review

Customer Reviews

1 Review
(0)
(1)
(0)
(0)
(0)
Average Customer Reviews
4.00 Stars
Very well-written overview...
Sunday, November 8, 2015
By: John Howard Oxley
Very well-written overview of some surface naval actions of WWII. The illustrations are pertinent, most of them are quite clear, and the captions add useful information. I take this down a star because to me 'Big Gun Battles' are those involving BBs -- 8" and 6" guns [featured in several of the battles here] are just not big enough to count, in my opinion, hence my deduction of a star. That said, for anyone who wants a refresher on the major surface actions of WWII, this is all that could be asked for.
 

 
 

Conferences and Events

Maritime Security Dialogue

Fri, 2018-10-05

Maritime Security DialogueNaval Aviation: Readiness Recovery for Combat A discussion with VADM DeWolfe Miller, USNCommander,...

The New China Challenge

An Evening of Naval History

View All

From the Press

28 September - Presentation

Fri, 2018-09-28

David F. Winkler

30 September - Lecture

Sun, 2018-09-30

Douglas Macgregor

Why Become a Member of the U.S. Naval Institute?

As an independent forum for over 140 years, the Naval Institute has been nurturing creative thinkers who responsibly raise their voices on matters relating to national defense.

Become a Member Renew Membership