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By Peter Kirsch

ISBN-10: 1848320256

ISBN-13: 9781848320253

The fireship was once the guided missile of the crusing period. choked with incendiary (and occasionally explosive) fabric, it used to be geared toward its hugely inflammable wood goal by means of volunteers who bailed out right into a boat on the final second. It frequently ignored, however the panic it normally brought on between crews who ordinarily couldn't swim and had no approach to effectively leaving behind send did the task for it - the main recognized instance being the assault off Gravelines in 1588 which resulted in the rout of the Spanish Armada.

Although it was once a tactic utilized in antiquity, its profitable revival within the Armada crusade ended in the adoption of the fireship as an essential component of the fleet. throughout the 17th century more and more subtle 'fireworks' have been designed into purpose-built ships, and an boost doctrine was once labored out for his or her employment. Fireship finds the total impression of the weapon on naval background, appears to be like on the know-how and analyses the explanations for its decline.

This is the 1st heritage of a powerful, a lot used yet little understood weapon.

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