Admiralty, S.W.1. (Gunnery Branch), 1st ed., June 1945. Xiii + 213 pp., + 21 plates (all cold. & all fldg.) ; + many drawings & diagrams in text. Re-bound in black cloth ; gilt lettering to spine & front board. 25 x 16cm. Externally FINE ; internally a few ink corrections o/w Nr.FINE. Ex.Libris plate (with naval gunnery design) and signature of Peter G. Smithurst (Curator Emeritus of Historical Firearms at the Royal Armouries, and author of many books on gunnery). Published by the Admiralty shortly before the end of the Second World War, this Royal Navy gunnery handbook superseded the edition of 1932, reprinted in 1938 ; and the 'Ammunition Pocket Book' of 1935. It contains 21 fine and detailed coloured and folding plates at the rear of the book, plus many drawings and diagrams in text. Its sixteen chapters cover : Gunnery in Ships, The Ship's Company and the part they play in fighting the ship, Naval Guns, Mountings, Ammunition, Low Angle Firing, Fire Control, Principles of Radar, Optical Rangefinders and Inclinometers ; the Gun (including the composition of a gun's crew aboard a British destroyer), High Angle Firing, Look-outs, Damage Control, General Maintenance of the Armament in War, Notes on Boarding Parties, Gunnery Practices, Saluting Guns, etc. In addition, there are two appendices including Bugle Calls accompanied by musical notes (61 different bugle calls). The folding coloured plates include typical gunnery layout of a 'Mauritius' class cruiser and a 'Dido' class cruiser, a Second World War destroyer, plus mounting arrangements, colour markings of bombs and shells, etc. A FINE copy attractively bound of an important wartime naval manual.

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