Luftwaffe Special Weapons 1942–45
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.
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