Dear my Czech followers (or in the past called Czechoslovakian or even further in the past, Bohemian)!
I wish to ask if you could help me find information on two topics:
1. Information on Theodor Novotny, a Czech born Naval Architect of the Austro-Hungarian Navy
2. Information and History regarding the development of the Skoda Naval Guns:
30,5cm Naval Gun, primary the 50 calibre one intended for the Viribus Unitis class Battleships but due to development issues the older 45 calibre used instead.
34.5cm and later 35cm Naval Guns (in 40,45 and 50 calibre types) intended for the Ersatz Monarch / Improved Tagetthoff class battleships.
If possible any other larger calibre Naval guns which was existing only on paper (38cm and 42cm both 40,45 and 50 calibres) by the end of WW1 and intended for the post war Navy.
Regarding the last three (the 35,38 and 42cm) Norman Friedman's Naval Weapons of World War I provides some brief information on them regarding limited development information and general data.
I thought finding articles in original Czech language or on Czech forums might result in more history and development data, also some insight of the Skoda heavy weapons arms which might could help me. And possible translations in english.
Care to help me?