Superguns 1854–1991

Superguns 1854–1991

Extreme artillery from the Paris Gun and the V-3 to Iraq's Project Babylon

New Vanguard 265
  • Author: Steven J. Zaloga
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: NVG 265
  • Publication Date: 27 Dec 2018
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Over the last 150 years, gun designers have sought to transform warfare with artillery of superlative range and power, from William Armstrong's 19th-century "monster guns” to the latest research into hypersonic electro-magnetic railguns.


Taking a case study approach, Superguns explains the technology and role of the finest monster weapons of each era. It looks at the 1918 "Wilhelm Gun,” designed to shell Paris from behind the German trenches; the World War II "V-3” gun built to bombard London across the Channel; the Cold War atomic cannons of the US and Soviet Union; and the story of Dr Gerald Bull's HARP program and the Iraqi "Supergun” he designed for Saddam Hussein. Illustrated throughout, this is an authoritative history of the greatest and most ambitious artillery pieces of all time.

Biographical Note

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He lives in Maryland, USA.

Contents

Introduction
The 19th Century: William Armstrong's 'Monster Guns'
World War I: The Paris Gun
World War II German Superguns: Dora and the V-3
Cold War Superguns: US Atomic Cannon and Soviet Oka and Kondensator
Gerard Bull's Superguns: HARP and Project Babylon
Current Developments
Bibliography
Index
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