A History of Greek Fire and Gunpowder by J. R. Partington

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For nearly 600 years, from the battles of the early fourteenth century to the dropping of the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, firearms derived from gunpowder and other chemicals defined the frightful extent of war. The apparatus and materials used in World War I would have been familiar to our remote ancestors. In this classic work Partington provides a worldwide survey of the evolution of incendiary devices, Greek fire, and gunpowder.

Heffer, 1960.
381 pp.
Hardcover. Very good in a very good jacket.