Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45

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Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45

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A highly illustrated study of some of the weapons developed by Nazi Germany to equip the Luftwaffe in their desperate war against the encroaching Allied forces.

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 increasing 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.

Table of Contents

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
Index

Product details

Published Jun 29 2021
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 272
ISBN 9781472839824
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 150 black and white and colour illustrations, including technical drawings and cutaways
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series General Aviation
Short code GNA
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors

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Robert Forsyth

Robert Forsyth is an author, editor and publisher,…

Illustrator

Jim Laurier

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