Britain's Guided Weapons
...from Key Publishing, via Pen & Sword
Title: Britain's Guided Weapons
Author: Chris Gibson
Publisher: Key Publishing
An in-depth look at the history of guided weapons in the UK, a 96-page soft-cover book in the fine series of books from Key Publishing, now distributed by Pen & Sword. Interesting text plus a fine collection of images which are used throughout the book to illustrate the story.
The topic is spread over 10 chapters, starting with a look back to the early requirement for a guided weapon, and that was to tackle the Zeppelin threat when they undertook their bombing campaign over the UK, London in particular. The remaining sections take us through the wide range of guided weapons, used across land, sea and air scenarios. So, on ships and submarines, aircraft and helicopters, military vehicles and these days, man portable individual weapons, or MANPADS. There was work done during WW2 which is not often mentioned, but that is included. Then the early post-war systems, such as the Bloodhound, Blue Sky AAM and more. Then it goes on to Surface to Air weapons, AAMs, Anti-Ship and specialist weapons, such as for SEAD (Suppression of Enemy Air Defences). Next come the Tank Busters before tackling strategic missiles and the idea of Deterrence and Ballistic missiles. Add a conclusion and a couple of appendices and there you have it.
There is a lot in here, with coverage of the Cold War weapons leading up to the present day. Well illustrated throughout, and the photos with more information in the captions. I liked this one, interesting text and photos of some of the lesser well known items as well.
Thanks to Pen & Sword for the review copy.