Contents Amendments Cover Flying Guns World War I

Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations 1914-32

Anthony G. Williams and Emmanuel Gustin
© 2003

Crowood Press

Hardcover, 192 pages.
ISBN 1 84037 396 2

This page was last updated on 2 June 2011.

Flying Guns World War I has been published in January 2004. The book is available directly from its publisher, Crowood Press. It is now also available from Amazon UK and other suppliers. We hope that there will be fewer distribution problems with this book than with the first volume.

This is the second volume in a series of three. The first book discusses aircraft armament during World War II, or to be more precise from 1933 until 1945. The third book in the series will of course cover the post-war period. It will appear in March 2004.

Tony Williams created a website for his earlier book on heavy automatic weapons, Rapid Fire, and the first volume in the Flying Guns series also has its own site. This will be the site for Flying Guns - World War I, which will be updated to contain a detailed table of contents and description of the book (with a few sample pages), as well as a list of amendments and additions to the book, whenever we find new data or interesting information, or discover errors.

Writing this book has made us well aware that there are still many unanswered questions, and if you have comments, suggestions, criticisms, or an interesting story to tell, you are invited to join the Military Guns and Ammunition forum. You can also reach the authors by e-mail at and

Quotes from Reviews

Subtitled ‘The Development of Aircraft Guns, Ammunition and Installations 1914-1932’ this book is an immensely readable and comprehensive account. Writing as one who in past years has spent a great deal of time researching this important subject, the two authors' ability to condense a vast amount of diverse material and present such a well written narrative within the covers of this work, is admirable.
Review by Harry Woodman, in Cross & Cockade International Vol 35 No 2, Summer 2004.

So, to sum up, the three volumes in this series tell the whole story of the evolution and employment of aircraft guns in the 20th Century and it seems unlikely that there will be much need to add more than a few footnotes in the future. It does this in sufficient detail to satisfy all but a ballistics expert and in the process makes a sharply focused and very valuable contribution to the annals of air power. Highly recommended.
Review by Wing Commander C J Jefford MBE BA, in the RAF Historical Society Journal 32 (2004).

Those wanting good overall coverage of the development of aircraft armament will find all three volumes invaluable. Those with more specialist interests can simply acquire the relevant tome.
Review by Philip Jarrett, in the Aeroplane monthly of September 2004. The three volumes of “Flying Guns” were “Book of the Month” for September 2004.