German V-Weapon Sites 1943-45

German V-Weapon Sites 1943-45

by Steven J. Zaloga, Hugh Johnson

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Designed to change the course of the war, the V weapons required ambitious plans to defend their expensive and complicated launch sites. Steven J Zaloga describes the configuration and planned deployment of heavy missile sites, as well as the unique Allied tactics developed to counter this threat, including a remote-control version of the B-17 bomber. From the V-1 ski sites to the mobile basing employed by the V-2 units and the other secret weapons bases like the 'V-3' high-pressure gun at Mimoyeques, this book examines the impact of these weapon systems and defences not only on the war but on modern weaponry. With many of the sites described still surviving today, this is a perfect companion for a tour of the V weapon sites built during World War II.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781782002154
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 08/20/2012
Series: Fortress , #72
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Steven J Zaloga was born in 1952. He received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armored vehicle development. He has also always been fascinated by the weapons systems of World War II and he has written extensively on the subject. Steven lives and works in Maryland.

Hugh Johnson is an experienced freelance digital illustrator who has completed a number of books for Osprey including New Vanguard 102: T-54 and T-55 Main Battle Tanks 1944-2004 and Fortress 030: Fort Eben Emael. Chris Taylor lives in London. Since graduating from art college, he has worked in the graphics industry and is currently a freelance illustrator for various publishing companies. He has a keen interest in filmmaking and is currently co-producing a movie.
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He currently lives in Maryland.

Table of Contents

Introduction     4
The V-Weapon Programs     5
Design and Development     7
The KNW launch bunker
The Tausenfussler supergun site
The V-1 waterworks
The Allies Intervene     20
Graveyard for the RAF: Stellungsystem-1
The Sites at War     29
Attacking the rocket gun coast
The new-pattern sites
Sonderbauten sites
Operation Eisbar
Smashing the heavy sites
Operation Donnerschlag
Operation Pinguin
The V-3 and V-4 in action
The Missile Sites in Retrospect     58
The Sites Today     60
Further Reading     62
Government studies
Books I
Index     64

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