Naval guns and gunnery/Bibliography

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A list of key readings about Naval guns and gunnery.
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  • Bastable, Marshall J. "From Breechloaders to Monster Guns: Sir William Armstrong and the Invention of Modern Artillery, 1854-1880." Technology and Culture 1992 33(2): 213-247. Issn: 0040-165x Fulltext: in Jstor
  • Bastable, Marshall J. Arms and the State: Sir William Armstrong and the Remaking of British Naval Power, 1854-1914 (2004) Ashgate, London
  • Brooks, John. Dreadnought Gunnery and the Battle of Jutland: The Question of Fire Control (2006) excerpt and text search
  • Brown, David K. Eclipse of the Big Gun: The Warship 1906-45 (1992)
  • Curtin, Roland Irvin, and Thomas Lee Johnson. Naval Ordnance: A Text-book (1915), esp ch 13-15 on gunpowder and shells complete text online
  • Fisher, Charles R. "The Great Guns of the Navy, 1797-1843." American Neptune 1976 36(4): 276-295. ISSN: 0003-0155
  • Friedman, Norman. U.S. Naval Weapons: Every Gun, Missile, Mine and Torpedo Used by the U.S. Navy from 1883 to the Present (1983), highly detailed guide
  • Friedman, Norman, and A. D. Baker. Naval Firepower: Battleship Guns and Gunnery in the Dreadnaught Era (2008)
  • Garcia Y Robertson, Rodrigo. "Failure of the Heavy Gun at Sea, 1898-1922." Technology and Culture 1987 28(3): 539-557. Issn: 0040-165x Fulltext: in Jstor
  • Gosnell, H. Allen. Guns on the Western Waters (1949), gunboats in the U.S. Civil War online edition
  • Greene, Jack, and Alessandro Massignani. Ironclads at War: The Origin and Development of the Armored Warship, 1854-1891 (1998) online edition
  • Guilmartin, John F., Jr. "The Earliest Shipboard Gunpowder Ordnanace: an Analysis of its Technical Parameters and Tactical Capabilities." Journal of Military History 2007 71(3): 649-669. Issn: 0899-3718 Fulltext: Ebsco, focus on 14-16th century
  • Guilmartin, John F., Jr. "The Guns of the Santíssimo Sacramento," Technology and Culture, Vol. 24, No. 4. (Oct., 1983), pp. 559-601. in JSTOR
  • Guilmartin, John F., Jr. Gunpowder and Galleys: Changing Technology and Mediterranean Warfare at Sea in the Sixteenth Century (2nd ed. 2003)
  • Hodges, Peter. The Big Gun: Battleship Main Armament 1860-1945, (1981), highly detailed coverage
  • Hone, Trent. "The Evolution of Fleet Tactical Doctrine in the U.S. Navy, 1922-1941," The Journal of Military History - Volume 67, Number 4, October 2003, pp. 1107-1148 in Project Muse
  • Jane's. AEGIS weapon system MK-7 (2007) online edition
  • Lambert, Nicholas A. "'Our Bloody Ships' or 'Our Bloody System'? Jutland and the Loss of the Battle Cruisers, 1916," Journal of Military History 62 (January 1998): 29–56. in JSTOR
  • Lambert, Nicholas A. Sir John Fisher's Naval Revolution (2002) excerpt and text search
  • Lambert, Nicholas A. "Strategic Command and Control for Maneuver Warfare: Creation of the Royal Navy's "War Room" System, 1905-1915," The Journal of Military History 69#2 April 2005, pp. 361-410 in Project Muse
  • McBride, William M. Technological Change and the United States Navy, 1865-1945 (2000) excerpt and text search
  • McNeil, William. The Pursuit of Power: Technology, Armed Forces and Society since 1000 AD (1982)
  • Morison, Elting E. Men Machines and Modern Times (1968) excerpt and text search
  • Mulligan, Timothy. "Ship-of-the-Line or Atlantic Raider? Battleship Bismarck Between Design Limitations and Naval Strategy," The Journal of Military History 69#4 October 2005, pp. 1013-1044 in Project Muse
  • Parkes, Oscar British Battleships: 'Warrior' 1860 to 'Vanguard' 1950 - A History of Design, Construction and Armament (1990) Naval Institute, Annapolis
  • Ramsey, Hobart Cole. Elementary Naval Ordnance and Gunnery (1918), textbook for U.S. Navy online complete edition
  • Robertson, Frederick Leslie. The Evolution of Naval Armament (1921)
  • Sondhaus, Lawrence. Naval Warfare, 1815-1914 (2001) online edition
  • Turnbull, Stephen, and Wayne Reynolds. Fighting Ships of the Far East (1) (2002), Osprey Publishing. ISBN:1841763861 Google books
  • Steele, Brett D. "Muskets and Pendulums: Benjamin Robins, Leonhard Euler, and the Ballistics Revolution," Technology and Culture, Vol. 35, No. 2 (Apr., 1994), pp. 348-382 in JSTOR
  • Sumida, Jon Tetsuro. "The Quest for Reach: The Development of Long-Range Gunnery in the Royal Navy, 1901–1912," in Stephen D. Chiabotti, ed., Military Transformation in the Industrial Age (1996), 49–96.
  • Sumida, Jon Tetsuro. "A Matter of Timing: The Royal Navy and the Tactics of Decisive Battle, 1912–1916," Journal of Military History 67 (January 2003): 85–136 in JSTOR
  • Sumida, Jon Tetsuro. "Gunnery, Procurement, and Strategy in the Dreadnought Era," The Journal of Military History v69#4 (2005) 1179-1187 online at Project Muse
  • Weller, Donald M. "Salvo-splash! The Development of Naval Gunfire Support in World War II". United States Naval Institute Proceedings 1954 80(8): 839-849, 1011-1021

Primary sources

  • Noble, Andrew Artillery and Explosives: Essays and Lectures Written and Delivered at Various Times, 1906 John Murray, London (online edition)
  • Scott, Percy Fifty Years in the Royal Navy (1919) John Murray, London (online edition)