ROGER BRANFILL-COOK is a qualified battlefield guide, a professional translator from French, and a writer on military subjects. His most recent book was Torpedo: The Complete History of the World's Most Revolutionary Naval Weapon.
"For anyone with any interest in the gunboat as a concept, or in
river campaigning in general, this book will be invaluable. The
collection of so much information in one place is clearly the
result of well-directed research over many years on the part of the
"This detailed study lists the specifications and history of gunboats around the world. The entries include ships from centuries past up to the present day. There are hundreds of illustrations and line drawings and two appendices covering pain schemes and the gunboat in popular crime." Military Heritage
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