Germany's Secret Weapons of World War II

Germany's Secret Weapons of World War II : Jet aircraft, ballistic missiles and super tanks

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The German Third Reich had one of the most technologically advanced and innovative weapons industries in World War II, with aircraft, tanks and bombs that could match and beat anything else in the world. What is less known is the extent of Germany's secret weapons development. Germany pioneered rocket and jet-propelled aircraft, the pilotless plane, long-range rocket technology and 'robot bombs', and the world's first super-heavy tanks. Many of these weapons had a real impact on the course of the war.

Following the invasion of the Soviet Union and the realization that the war could continue for years, Hitler put great resources into the development of new and technologically advanced weaponry, in the belief that the production of 'wonder weapons' was the key to winning the war. Germany's Secret Weapons of World War II explores this little-known aspect of the Nazi war machine to reveal the extent of German secret weapons' development. Broken down by weapon types, the book includes reference tables, diagrams, colourful maps and charts and photographs, presenting all the core data in easy-to-follow formats.

Germany's Secret Weapons of World War II is an essential reference guide for anyone interested in the history and make-up of Germany's weapons development.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 208 x 264 x 18mm | 600g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 200 photos, artworks and maps; 200 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 1838860711
  • 9781838860714
  • 1,569,967

Table of contents


Jet Aircraft

Rocket-powered Aircraft

Hybrid Aircraft and Gliders

Rotary-wing Aircraft

Surface-to-surface Missiles

Air-to-air Missiles

Air-to-surface Missiles

Surface-to-air Missiles


Tanks and Anti-tank Weapons

Submarines and their Weapons

Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Weapons



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About Roger Ford

Roger Ford was an expert on the development of modern weaponry. 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 died in 2017.
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