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Germany's Secret Weapons Of WWII Hardcover – 28 Mar 2013

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Amber (28 Mar. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909160563
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909160569
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 623,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seaweed on 2 Jun. 2013
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The author has here compiled an extraordinary amount of very detailed information on a range of the German weapons programmes that were in play as the Second World War drew to its bloody close. There is a mass of technical data, often graphically tabulated for comparison, covering air, land and maritime weapons. About three quarters of the book is about aircraft and missiles, but there are also chapters on land weapons (including artillery and tanks, some so huge and heavy that it is amazing nobody spotted their operational uselessness) and submarines large, small and tiny. The whole is supported by an arcane collection of contemporary photographs and excellent technical drawings, and for some devices tabulation of their operational achievements. Throughout, the explanations are lucid and digestable for the layman. For any student of the history of the technology of war this book definitely has a place on the Christmas list.

Not all programmes were ultimately `secret'; some devices (like the V1, V2 and the Me262, and the HS293 rocket-propelled glider bomb which managed to include three hospital ships in its successes) did manage to get into service before the war's close. For others, well, as Gray puts it `Full many a flower is born to blush unseen'. Some of the developments go back to subterfuges skilfully set up to avoid the Versailles Treaty. In the event, many projects were frustrated, disrupted or delayed by Allied bombing campaign, by resource shortages often a second-order effect of that, political infighting between manufacturers, by equipment (and not a few testers) written off during trials, and direct intervention by Lance Corporal Adolf Hitler. For all of that we should be grateful, as many of the ideas had considerable potential.
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