The Evolution of Naval Weapons

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The Evolution of Naval Weapons
The Evolution of Naval Weapons 1949.jpg
1949 edition
Author L. Sprague de Camp
Country United States
Language English
Subject History
Publisher Training Activity Bureau of Naval Personnel
Publication date
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 53 p.

The Evolution of Naval Weapons is a United States government textbook by L. Sprague de Camp. It was first published in a 53-page edition by the Training Activity section of the Bureau of Naval Personnel in August 1947[1] as NAVPERS 91066. A 1949 edition of 67 pages was designated NAVPERS 91066-A. The work was credited to the Bureau rather than de Camp. The 1947 edition was reproduced from a mixture of standard sized (8 1/2" x 11") typed and mimeographed sheets, and was stapled between blue paper covers.[1] The 1949 edition was printed, with the illustrations integrated with the text.

The work is a 40,000-word study of the history of naval ordnance and armor[1] and consists of twelve chapters plus a short concluding section.


  • Chapter 1. Sticks and Stones.
  • Chapter 2. Explosives.
  • Chapter 3. Fuzes.
  • Chapter 4. Artillery.
  • Chapter 5. Small Arms.
  • Chapter 6. Torpedoes.
  • Chapter 7. Mines.
  • Chapter 8. Depth-Charges.
  • Chapter 9. Rockets and Guided Missiles.
  • Chapter 10. Bombs.
  • Chapter 11. Chemical Warfare.
  • Chapter 12. Sighting and Ranging.
  • The Navy's Future Weapons.


  1. ^ a b c Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. p. 54.