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Guns : from the invention of gunpowder to the 20th century

Author: Dudley Pope; Max Millar
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [1965]
Edition/Format:   Book : English
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dudley Pope; Max Millar
OCLC Number: 1497111
Description: 254 pages : illustrations (some color) portraits ; 31 cm
Contents: Introduction : the influence of the gun on history and its use in war and peace on land, at sea and in the air --
The discovery of gunpowder : despite China's legendary claim, the earliest record of the formula for gunpowder is hidden in Friar Bacon's anagram --
The arrival of the gun : the first picture of the gun shows it is shaped like a vase and fires arrows; the gun goes into battle at Crecy --
The first great gunner : Mohammed II uses massive guns throwing 800-lb shot to batter down the walls of Constantinople --
The development of hand guns : as gunpowder improves in quality and Henry VIII buys 'cannon enough to conquer Hell', breech-loaders and hand guns come into general use --
Guns influence tactics : the use of artillery for defence and attack brings about important changes in traditional tactics --
The age of change : the snaphance replaces the intricate wheel-lock and the musket replaces the arquebus --
The science of guns : rule-of-thumb methods give way as men study ballistics and publish the first books showing a scientific attitude to the gunner's problems --
The great gunsmiths : gun making is split up among guilds which wield enormous power, but certain towns and families achieve fame for certain types of work --
The art of the gunner : taking advantage of the new discoveries in ballistics, gunners improve their skill --
Samuel Colt's revolution : percussion caps are improved as young colt whittles his first gun model --
Rapid fire : advances in design and the invention of brass cartridges pave the way for automatic firearms and effective magazine rifles --
Breech-loading wins : after many trials against muzzle-loaders, most nations switch to breech-loading artillery --
Guns in the air : during the first World War planes are armed and the dogfights begin --
The beginning of the end : in the second World War, tank and multi-gun fighter plane designs advance rapidly, and warships with radar fight unseen enemies. Then rockets take.
Responsibility: Dudley Pope ; drawings by Max Millar.

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