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Target: America: Hitler's Plan to Attack the United States Paperback – August 1, 2006
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Duffy's work discusses Axis aspirations to attack the continental U.S. Its virtue lies partly in its collection of dispersed information into one volume and partly in the speculation of what was in store for America had Hitler defeated the Soviet Union. His most immediate means of attack (in addition to the submarine campaign that devastated East Coast shipping) would have been transatlantic bombers, of which the Germans built perhaps a dozen prototypes and about which a technical report was compiled in early 1942. The report "has never been published and examined in detail before," asserts the author, probably precisely accurate though his footnotes about the report cite histories published in the 1970s. At any rate, the report forms the backbone of Duffy's presentation, expanded by the author's commentary on the German failure to build the bombers. Elsewhere, Duffy delves into alternate schemes of attack. Engrossing coverage for readers interested in the weaponry what-ifs of World War II. Gilbert Taylor
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"A solid analysis of Hitler's wartime plans to invade the United States." World War II magazine
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Sometimes it provides too much technical information about the plains, the rockets or missiles that after two minutes you have forgotten, when it could provide some more useful information.
I would have liked to see more about the threats to the Panama canal since the author says almost nothing about it for instance the USA helped to build the Panamerican highway from Mexico to Panama in order to descend quickly in case of a German or Japanese threat to the Canal, but the author says nothing about it.
I would have given 3.5 stars, but since that is not possible I prefer to increase to 4 rather than reduce to 3.
In 1942 Hitler became interested in the development of long range bombers with the capability of attacking the United States from bases in Europe (not a bad thought, after all, that was the original intent of the B-29). He instructed the aircraft companies to begin the construction of such bombers.
This book is the story of the development of the planes and the plan to attack the United States. Could it have been done? Probably. Would it have made any difference in the outcome of the war? No. Among other things, think of the loss rate of American bombers when unescourted by fighters. And the Germans didn't build planes with nearly the defensive armament of the B-17/B-24.
Quite an interesting book on one of the what if's of World War II history.
This was a fairly easy read, with decent illustrations to help the reader picture in his/her mind the various plans and vehicles that the Axis had in its plans.
A good introduction to this topic.