Hitler's Terror Weapons: The Price of Vengeance [NOOK Book]

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Did Hitler’s use of unproven exotic weapons cost him the war? Were they worth the price? What effect did the V weapons have on Allied plans, morale and supplies? Roy Irons also investigates Hitler’s thirst for revenge following 1918 and his dread when Russian victories and Allied bombing began to shadow the Third Reich.Roy Irons' fascinating book investigates whether Hitler's campaign would have been a greater success if he had put fewer resources into experimental weapons of revenge such as the V-2 rocket and ...
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Overview

Did Hitler’s use of unproven exotic weapons cost him the war? Were they worth the price? What effect did the V weapons have on Allied plans, morale and supplies? Roy Irons also investigates Hitler’s thirst for revenge following 1918 and his dread when Russian victories and Allied bombing began to shadow the Third Reich.Roy Irons' fascinating book investigates whether Hitler's campaign would have been a greater success if he had put fewer resources into experimental weapons of revenge such as the V-2 rocket and the V-1 Doodle-bug. Enormous resources were poured into these experimental projects, often inspired by Hitler's thirst for revenge after the collapse of Germany in 1918 and his dread of a recurrence when Russian victories and allied bombing began to cast grim and ever-growing shadows over the Third Reich. He considers such questions as what effect the bombardment really had on London's morale and on Allied supplies through the port of Antwerp? Were these weapons really worth the price? With a foreword by Professor Richard Overy and fascinating images from the Imperial War Museum and Public Record Office, this is a unique account of this key element of the Second World War.

Roy Irons was born in Seven Kings, London. He was educated at Cooper's Company's School and, forty years later, at King's College London, where he took a degree in War Studies and History. Roy lives in Coulsdon, Surrey with his wife Erica and daughter Rebecca. He is currently undertaking a research degree at King's College London.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780007555840
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/19/2013
  • Sold by: Harper Collins UK
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: ePub edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 491,370
  • File size: 2 MB

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Richard Overy is a leading authority in the field of modern history. He is Professor of Modern History at Exeter University, and is the general editor for the highly-acclaimed Times History of the World series of books.


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Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Preface 9
Part I. Development and Dreams
1. The Seeds of Vengeance 12
2. The Weapons of Vengeance 23
Part II. Raids and Revenge
3. The Renewal of War 35
4. Promise from Peenmuende 49
Part III. Fear and Intelligence
5. The Doom of London 68
6. Terror, Strategy and a Poison Cloud 82
Part IV. Impact and Reality
7. Countdown 103
8. The Robot Bombardment 114
9. Attack from Airless Space--The Final Preparations 120
10. The Rocket's Red Glare 124
11. Terror and Morale 128
12. Belgium the Brave 139
13. Shooting the Rocket Down 151
Part V. Evaluation and Hindsight
14. Hitler's War and the Terror Weapons 156
15. Germany's War and the Terror Weapons 163
16. Conclusion 180
Appendices
1. The Paths of Vengeance 187
2. 'The Hubertus Train, the live whip of the German Armament Industry' 192
3. Statistics 194
4. Four Allied Analyses of the Flying Bomb 196
Selected Bibliography 207
Index 213
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