Armada Guns: A Comparative Study of English and Spanish Armaments Part I Introduction

By Michael Lewis, published February 1942


This article concerns the hypothesis and the first category (ordinance classification) of an eight article comprehensive exploration of the subject, each of MM issues 1942/1/2/3/4 and 1943/1/2/3/4 containing one article continuing the subject. In this first article Lewis states his hypothesis that superiority of guns and their range were vital to English victory. In order to enable ordinance comparisons he then creates a basis for classification of all ordinance involved and allocates all calibre of English guns to the derived categories.   Further articles research the full range of Spanish guns and auxiliary craft guns, then places them by the same classifications in order to make comparisons. In several cases the data is tabulated. Powder and shot issued to both fleets are also considered together with other factors. In the 1943/3 article Lewis finally draws his conclusions and attempts reconstruction of the battle in the light of them. These articles comprise a massively detailed academic work that still deserves serious examination 70 years on.

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Filed under: Tudors | English Channel | The Armada
Subjects include: Battles & Tactics | Navies | Weapons

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