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Germany's Secret Weapons of World War II Hardcover – March 14, 2013


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chartwell Books (March 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785830073
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785830078
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 8.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #999,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roger Ford is an acknowledged expert on the development of modern weaponry and the use and employment of weapons on the battlefield.  He is the author of The Tiger Tank and the definitive history of the development and deployment of the machine gun, The Grim Reaper, and of a comprehensive study of close-quarters combat in the twentieth century, The Whites of Their Eyes.  He lives in southern France.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael OConnor TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2014
Format: Hardcover
GERMANY'S SECRET WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II, a 2013 Chartwell Books release, is a combination/reworking of two previously-published titles: GERMANY'S SECRET WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II, done by Ford in 2000, and David Porter's WORLD WAR II DATA BOOK; SECRET WEAPONS, published in 2010. Being unfamiliar with those titles, I can't comment on how much material was reused. However, depending on your background on the subject, the 2013 book may be a fairly good primer on the various weapons and designs Germany produced in WW II or too basic a summary.

Ford divides the topic into chapters on 'Jet Aircraft,' 'Rocket-Powered A/C,' 'Hybrid-Powered A/C,' 'Surface-to-Surface Missiles,' 'Artillery,' 'Tanks and Anti-Tank Weapons,' 'Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons,' etc. The Jet chapter includes sections on the He178 and 280, Me262 (the lengthiest section), the Ar234, Ju287, He162, Ta183, Messerchmitt P.1101, etc. The text is a bit dry but comprehensive.

As with other parts of the book, the Jet chapter is backed up with a wealth of illustrations - vintage photographs, 23 color side profiles, charts on: Luftwaffe/Allied jet fighters compared, Me262 variants, Luftwaffe jet aces, Luftwaffe jet bomber payloads compared, etc. Yet, curiously, that same chapter has a section on the piston-engined Do335 and on German piston-engined bombers like the He177; what gives? (FYI: many of the illustrations have been recycled from other Chartwell/Amber Books releases).

Likewise, the Tanks/A-T chapter includes info/illustrations on the Maus, Panzerfaust, Panzerschreck, tapered-bore gun, squeeze-bore gun, Ruhrstahl X-7, the Tiger tank, etc.
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By CesarTJ on July 23, 2014
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The book covers a huge array of weapons – from rocket-powered airplanes, submarines and missiles to anti-tank guns – that fall within the author’s definition of “secret”. Most of them are thus described superficially.

Photos and illustrations are in general of good quality. Maps, though, have no scale bar. The graphs often used to compare different weapons are sometimes good and sometimes terrible. The author would benefit a lot from reading “The Visual Display of Quantitative Information”.

If you want an overview of the subject, this is a honest option.
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