2nd ed. - Denton, Tex. : University of North Texas Press, 2002.
Book — 1 online resource (xviii, 322 pages) : illustrations
Powder and Propellants is the story of the U.S. Navy's premier facility for research, development, testing, and evaluation of ""energetic materials, "" the chemical compounds used in gun and rocket propellants as well as in aircraft cockpit ejection seats. Initially charged to improve the penetrating power of warheads against steel armor, Indian Head became the proving grounds for testing guns, propellant powder, shells, mounts, and armor, notably the manufacture and testing of Jet Assist Takeoff (JATO), Zuni, Talos, and Polaris rockets and missiles. First published in 1990 as a private publication for the navy, Powder and Propellants is now available again as a revised and expanded second edition, with a new chapter on the institution's last decade. Those interested in military history, technology, and government institutional history will find this book invaluable. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Introduction: Ships, guns, and historical archaeology / Sauro Gelichi and Mauro Librenti
Venetian guns for and from the sea
Morphology and constructive techniques of Venetian artilleries in the sixteenth and seventeenth century : some notes / Marco Morin
Venetian ordnance in the shipwrecks of the Mediterranean and Atlantic Sea / Carlo Beltrame
The race to big calibres during the first war of Morea and Sigismondo Alberghetti's guns of new invention / Guido Candiani
Two Venetian swivel guns from Messina Strait, Italy / Rossella Scordato
A Venetian ship sunk in Cyrenaica at the beginning of the 18th century / Sebastiano Tusa
Italian production of naval ordnance between the 15th and 17th centuries
Genoese ordnance aboard galleys and merchantmen in the 16th century / Renato Gianni Ridella
Bombards in Savona in the 15th and 16th centuries / Furio Ciciliot
Guns and profit : Tuscan naval artillery in the 16th to 17th centuries / Niccolò Capponi
Armed ships of the post-medieval period in Croatia / Irena Radic Rossi
European ordnance aboard the ships (15th-17th centuries)
Did naval artillery really exist during the modern period? : a brief note on cannon design / Javier López Martín
Stowed or mounted : the Spanish Armada of 1588 and the strategic logistics of guns at sea / Colin Martin
"A jewel of great value" : English iron gunfounding and its rivals, 1550-1650 / Ruth Brown
Ships and guns of the Tudor navy, 1495-1603 / Robert Douglas Smith
The British sea service mortars : some notes on their evolution with particular reference to the drawings of Albert Borgard, c. 1700 / Martino Ferrari Bravo
Sixteenth-century French naval guns / Max Guérout.
Ships and Guns brings together experts from the field of historic artillery and underwater archaeologists to present a series of papers which focus on the development of naval ordnance in Europe and, especially, Venice, in the 15th-17th centuries, as exemplified by the maritime archaeological resource. Subjects include Venetian ordnance in shipwrecks of the Mediterranean and Atlantic, the race to develop big calibres in the first war of Morea, Genoese ordnance aboard galleys in the 16th century, the strategic logistics of guns at sea during the Spanish armada of 1588 and ships and guns of the Tudor navy.
Often specialists in ordnance study artefacts recovered from wrecks without a complete knowledge of the archaeological context from which they have been recovered. Archaeologists investigating the context of the objects on the other hand, often do so with only a superficial knowledge of historic artillery. This volumes hopes to redress the balance, and also to present a large amount of information, often concerning little-known wrecks, on this important but under-published subject area. --Book Jacket.
Book — 1 online resource (xii, 58 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
Front Matter; Preface; Acknowledgment of Reviewers; Contents; Executive Summary; 1 Introduction; 2 Assessment of the Office of Naval Research's Undersea Weapons Science and Technology Program; 3 The Future of Navy Undersea Weapons: Important Issues; 4 Findings, Conclusions, and Recommendations; A Technology Insertion Road Map; B Lessons of the Advanced Rapid COTS Insertion Process; C Biographies of Committee Members; D Acronyms and Abbreviations.
The Department of the Navy strives to maintain, through its Office of Naval Research (ONR), a vigorous science and technology (S&T) program in those areas considered critically important to U.S. naval superiority in the maritime environment, including littoral waters and shore regions. In pursuing its S&T investments in such areas, ONR must ensure that (1) a robust U.S. research capability to work on long-term S&T problems in areas of interest to the Department of the Navy and the Department of Defense is sustained, (2) an adequate supply of new scientists and engineers in these areas is maintained, and (3) S&T products and processes necessary to ensure future superiority in naval warfare are provided. One of the critical areas for the Department of the Navy is undersea weapons. An Assessment of Undersea Weapons Science and Technology assesses the health of the existing Navy program in undersea weapons, evaluates the Navy's research effort to develop the capabilities needed for future undersea weapons, identifies non-Navy-sponsored research and development efforts that might facilitate the development of such advanced weapons capabilities, and makes recommendations to focus the Navy's research program so that it can meet future needs. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Book — 1 online resource (xiv, 321 pages) : illustrations
1. Old Controversies, New Histories
2. Long Range Naval Gunnery
3. Progress in Gunnery
4. A.C. and Argo The Dreyer Tables
5. Influences and Choices
6. Into Battle
7. Jutland and After
8. An Exceptional Case.
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This new book reviews critically recent studies of fire control, and describes the essentials of naval gunnery in the dreadnought era. With a foreword by Professor Andrew Lambert, it shows how, in 1913, the Admiralty rejected Arthur Pollen's Argo system for the Dreyer fire control tables. Many naval historians now believe that, consequently, British dreadnoughts were fitted with a system that, despite being partly plagiarised from Pollen's, was inferior: and that the Dreyer Tables were a contributory cause in the sinking of Indefatigable and Queen Mary at Jutland. This book provides new and revisionist accounts of the Dreyer/Pollen controversy, and of gunnery at Jutland. In fire control, as with other technologies, the Royal Navy had been open, though not uncritically, to innovations. The Dreyer Tables were better suited to action conditions (particularly those at Jutland). Beatty's losses were the result mainly of deficient tactics and training: and his battlecruisers would have been even more disadvantaged had they been equipped by Argo. It follows the development of the Pollen and Dreyer systems, refutes the charges of plagiarism and explains Argo's rejection. It outlines the German fire control system: and uses contemporary sources in a critical reassessment of Beatty's tactics throughout the Battle of Jutland. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 
Book — x, 322 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Becoming China Lakers
A teenage weaponeer
The Cold War at home
Anything can be a weapon
Life without weapons.
"A poignant, surreal, and fearlessly honest look at growing up on one of the most secretive weapons installations on earth, by a young woman who came of age with missiles. The China Lake missile range is located in a huge stretch of the Mojave Desert, about the size of the state of Delaware. It was created during the Second World War, and has always been shrouded in secrecy. But people who make missiles and other weapons are regular working people, with domestic routines and everyday dilemmas, and four of them were Karen Piper's parents, her sister, and--when she needed summer jobs--herself. Her dad designed the Sidewinder, which was ultimately used catastrophically in Vietnam. When her mom got tired of being a stay-at-home mom, she went to work on the Tomahawk. Once, when a missile nose needed to be taken offsite for final testing, her mother loaded it into the trunk of the family car, and set off down a Los Angeles freeway. Traffic was heavy, and so she stopped off at the mall, leaving the missile in the parking lot. Piper sketches in the belief systems--from Amway's get-rich schemes to propaganda in The Rocketeer to evangelism, along with fears of a Lemurian takeover and Charles Manson--that governed their lives. Her memoir is also a search for the truth of the past and what really brought her parents to China Lake with two young daughters, a story that reaches back to her father's World War II flights with contraband across Europe. Finally, it recounts the crossroads moment in a young woman's life when she finally found a way out of a culture of secrets and fear, and out of the desert."--Provided by publisher.
This hugely comprehensive encyclopaedia covers every German artillery piece mounted afloat during the Second World War, from the huge 15-inch (380mm) guns carried by the Bismarck to the smallest machine gun used by coastal forces. All marks and variations of these weapons are described individually, including their mountings and the ammunition fired, with extensive tabular data, but the feature that makes this book unique is the range, precision and detail of the illustrations.Almost every known close-up photo of these weapons is included, usually reproduced large enough to see every detail, plus accurate three-view drawings perfect for modelling purposes. However, the most spectacular element of the illustration is provided by computer-generated full colour representations of the guns and their mountings, seen from every conceivably useful angle. The number of illustrations of all kinds totals well over 1000, making this the most thorough and complete reference available to modelmakers, enthusiasts and naval historians. (source: Nielsen Book Data)