By Steven J Zaloga.
Extreme artillery from the Paris Gun and the V-3 to Iraq's Project Babylon.
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 hyper sonic electro-magnetic rail guns. 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.
Like all in the series, this book is very thorough and well researched. While not thick, it isn't light on facts and history. Many development stories help the reader to see how one gun influenced another (or not). Loads of great period photos but even more powerful are color artist renditions of the Paris Gun in action.