This month's book vote focuses on the Weapon series.
The Dreyse Rifle
Adopted by Prussia in 1841, the innovative Dreyse ‘needle gun’, a breechloader, came to transform battlefield tactics by the time of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 as it could fire five shots in the time it took to reload a muzzle-loading firearm. The Dreyse was outclassed by the French Chassepot in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71, but ushered in a rapid evolution of firearms technology.
Naval Boarding Weapons
In the Age of Fighting Sail, the prospect of boarding actions prompted the world’s navies – and others, such as merchants and pirates – to arm themselves with a fearsome array of close-combat weaponry. In this study, weapons from the standard cutlass to the Nock gun employed by Britain’s Royal Navy are described and assessed, complemented by a lively assessment of boarding tactics.
Weapons of the US Navy SEALs
Founded in 1962, the US Navy’s Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEALs) have played a key role in conflicts from Vietnam to the “War on Terror.” This fully illustrated book investigates the wide array of personal weaponry employed by the SEALs in a host of combat environments, from the Stoner 63 assault rifle to the Mk 22 Model 0 semiautomatic pistol.
Sniping Rifles in the Asia–Pacific War 1937–45
In 1937–45, much of the Pacific and Asia was engulfed by war. Fighting in a wide variety of demanding combat environments, the Japanese and their US, British, Chinese and other opponents fielded various sniping weapons, most being variants of standard-issue service rifles. This study assesses the sniping weapons and methods employed by the various combatants.
Weapons of the Trench Raider 1914–18
The brutal conditions of trench warfare during World War I prompted the development of a wide variety of specialized weaponry for raiding and other actions, ranging from clubs and bladed weapons to trench mortars and hand grenades. In this book the weapons employed by British, French, German, US, Russian and other forces fighting in the trenches are assessed and compared.