Download e-book for iPad: Secret Weapons: Death Rays, Doodlebugs and Churchill's by Brian Ford

By Brian Ford

ISBN-10: 1780967217

ISBN-13: 9781780967219

Secret Weapons charts the race in expertise among the Allied and Axis powers, with examples in their use in conflict, besides those who remained experimental or remained the stuff of technology fiction. Importantly it additionally indicates how wartime study set in teach the high-tech period during which we now dwell. The account charts mystery guns improvement from the japanese ray gun of the Nineteen Thirties to the strong V2 rocket, and compares global warfare II mystery guns learn with the realities of present-day technological know-how. It's a riveting tale of innovation stressed, from an international of desktop weapons and biplanes to electronics, rockets, and nuclear bombs with the ability to wipe out humanity.

Also incorporated is how Nazi Germany's army may possibly was once based upon the advance of futuristic guns. It follows the repercussions of the Treaty of Versailles, and the increase of militarism as a catalyst of technological development. mystery guns are proven to have arisen out of Germany's admiration of army engineers, technologists, chemists, and experimenters. the various weapon advancements have been stored mystery - even from the specialists within the Nazi desktop - as adventurous contingencies to be used in later phases of the crusade. In Japan, guns improvement used to be overseen by way of the Imperial common Headquarters which were demonstrated via Imperial Decree as some time past as 1893. Brian Ford explores the becoming momentum that marked the Nineteen Thirties, and the experience of accelerating urgency that underpinned the main frenetic part of technological improvement ever noticeable in warfare.

The publication mirrors the Axis examine with the technology constructed by means of the British and american citizens, who had pioneered the harnessing of technology and know-how for army skill. the 1st planes, submarines, plane companies, and automated guns have been items of those Western designers. And the effect of aggressive exercises (races just like the Schneider trophy) persevered to behave as a spur to growth that may carry out the simplest in inventiveness - and which might elevate the momentum of recent considering that may end up to be the most important within the theatre of struggle. And it was once British ingenuity, up to engineering, that saved the Allies in a persisted race with the Axis powers in mystery army development.

The publication tells the parallel tales of advancements in weaponry because the struggle is going on, displaying how either side spoke back to the specter of the opposite.

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But Raeder and the navy suffered a much greater setback when they attempted to broaden the mine-laying campaign. Experiments had shown that the magnetic mines could be dropped not only from destroyers and U-boats, but also from aircraft by small parachutes. Raeder, elated by the successes achieved so far, urged the head of the Luftwaffe, arrived that afternoon to Hermann Goring, to join in. Reluctantly, Goring did so, lending the navy a handful of obsolescent Heinkel 59 seaplanes based in the East Frisian Islands that could carry two The two mines each.

First they found the destroyer Erich Koellner, badly mauled in the previous battle, lurking in Curious Norwegian civilians eye German naval vessels docked in Oslo harbor near the city hall (background) shortly after the invasion. Some Norwegians German occupa- accepted the an active resistance movement sabotaged tion calmly, but German installations in Norway throughout the war. nnnnp ambush in a side fjord and pounded it to pieces. Sailing on, the British hunted down the remaining seven German vessels one by one, relentlessly pursuing those that tried to escape in the web of fjords.

Ships assigned to the northernmost targets would have to travel almost 2,000 miles, exposed much of the way to attack by the Royal Navy and the RAF. " One of Raeder's deputies, Advention, eleven task forces vessels A British aerial photograph reveals the German supply ship Altmark at anchor in Norway's wintry Jossing Fjord. Alerted to the vessel's hiding place, the destroyer Cossack made a daring nighttime attack, rescuing British seamen held prisoner on board. " The vanguard of the vast armada, consisting of supply vessels and tankGerman bases on April 3; the task forces of warships began sailing three days later.

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