Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45

Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45

General Aviation
  • Author: Robert Forsyth
  • Illustrator: Jim Laurier
  • Short code: GNA
  • Publication Date: 10 Jun 2021
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As the course of World War II turned against the Third Reich after Stalingrad some of the most inventive and radical proposals, and designs, were put forward by armaments manufacturers, scientists and technicians, aircrew and even private individuals to the Reichsluftministerium (German Air Ministry) for consideration. Some proposals were destined never to leave the drawing board, while others not only underwent trials but were issued to operational units and used in action.

In this fascinating new book, leading Luftwaffe historian Robert Forsyth examines the many different types of weapons that comprised the Luftwaffe's increasingly potent arsenal during the second half of the war. This was the period that saw the development and adoption of aerial torpedoes, wire-guided rockets and missiles, batteries fired by photo-electric cells, chemical weapons, composite bombers and air-launched flying bombs.

Biographical Note

Robert Forsyth has studied the history and operations of the Luftwaffe for many years. He is the author of a number of books on the subject as published by Classic Publications, Ian Allan Publishing and Osprey Publishing - for whom he has written 20 titles in the Ace, Duel, Combat Aircraft and X-Planes series, as well as the stand-alone Shadow over the Atlantic that Aeroplane magazine rates as ‘highly recommended'. He has also written articles for The Aviation Historian, Aeroplane, FlyPast, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News and AeroJournal magazines. He is a member of the Editorial Board of The Aviation Historian.


Introduction and Acknowledgments
1. The Specialists
2. Heavy Cannon
3. Air-to-Air Weapons
4. Air-to-Ground Weapons
5. Anti-Shipping Weapons
6. Radical Measures
7. The Aircraft as a Weapon
Sources and Bibliography

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