Railway Guns

British and German Guns at War by John Goodwin

A much anticipated book on the excellent subject of British and German rail guns dating back to the mid-19th Century. Initially, little more than field artillery mounted on a flat truck, the rail gun evolved into the monsters of the First and Second World Wars which were capable of firing shells across the Channel.

A high quality book, the overall feel and standard of images certainly carries it compared to the text which is not as comprehensive and as in depth as expected. However, if the bibliography is to be believed the author has done some leg work and the War Department Manuals listed show this. With regard to the images, there are a number which are completely irrelevant and despite the subtitle there is a chapter which discusses French and American rail guns in WW1? I think this book would serve as a good reference with regard to the modeller who could benefit from a number of shots which have not been published before. That said, this is a good introduction to the subject but there are many more serious works out there for the purists.

Thanks to Charlie at Pen & Sword for our review copy.  


ISBN: 978-1473854116

Price: £19.99

Pages: 122

Format: hardback – 249mm x 180mm

Publisher: Pen & Sword Military

Website: www.pen-and-sword.co.uk