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5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome read, 12 Feb 2007
This review is from: My Tank is Fight (Paperback)
I'm the kind of person who'll read lists of trivia just to have something to randomly inject into conversations. I don't know why, but randomly blurting out things like "Adam from Mythbusters worked as a model maker for ILM" in a pub and seeing the bewildered faces of other people at my table amuses me. But after a while, TV and movie based trivia begins to tire. That is why I am grateful for this book.

Now, instead of "they use the wilheim scream in this scene", I can say "The Germans planned to use rocket powered suicide bombs in world war two", and be able to back it up with fact.

This book is what makes history fun. Sure, normal documentaries are fine, but reading about a tank so large it physically can't use paved surfaces without breaking them beyond repair is far more interesting. Or how about an aircraft carrier made of ice? Flying tanks? Some of the creations in this book genuinely defy belief, and if I hadn't done a little prodding around myself I'd have thought them made up for entertainment.

Don't make the mistake of believing that this book is full of boring technical readouts and blueprints, as it isn't. Each chapter covers the development history, any actual production of the invention, and an analysis of just how useful it would have been, with colourful and amusing comments on the zaniness and downright stupidity of some of them. Alongisde these are a theoretical deployment of the inventions, with an after-action style report, and a personal diary-like entry of someone involved in the invention itself, which are also brilliantly written.

An altogether brilliant read whether you're a WW2 history buff or not. The blurb on the back of the book says it all: "Only the slow-witted are reading this anywhere other than in line at the cash register. Ask an adult to help you if you're still not sure you want to buy the book."
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