The Encyclopedia of Weapons of WWII: The Comprehensive Guide to over 1,500 Weapons Systems, Including Tanks, Small Arms, Warplanes, Artillery, Ships, and Submarines

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A lavishly illustrated compendium of military hardware covers everything that fought in the air, on the ground, and on the seas during World War II. There are more than 500 separate items of equipment used between 1939 and 1945, from combat handguns to massive aircraft carriers. More than 600 full-color artworks accompany entries that feature a detailed history of each weapon's design and development, along with a full specifications table that includes performance, dimensions, armament, and crew details. A ...

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Overview

A lavishly illustrated compendium of military hardware covers everything that fought in the air, on the ground, and on the seas during World War II. There are more than 500 separate items of equipment used between 1939 and 1945, from combat handguns to massive aircraft carriers. More than 600 full-color artworks accompany entries that feature a detailed history of each weapon's design and development, along with a full specifications table that includes performance, dimensions, armament, and crew details. A must-have for military buffs.

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This reference describes every major weapon and vehicle used during World War II on land, sea, and in the air. Organized in generic and national groupings such as German and Soviet tanks, towed artillery, sniper rifles, cruisers, submarines, and American fighter aircraft, the entries cover 500-plus separate items of equipment ranging from combat handguns to massive aircraft carriers. Information includes the history, design and development, and detailed specifications about the core weapon or system and all its major varieties. Extensively illustrated in color and b&w. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586637620
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 540
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7
Axis Tanks 9
British and French Tanks 20
Soviet and American Tanks 31
Tank Destroyers 42
Special Purpose Tanks 52
Amphibious Vehicles 63
Allied and Axis Halftracks 73
Armoured Cars 83
Allied and Axis Trucks 93
Light Vehicles 101
Self-Propelled Guns 111
Heavy Artillery 123
Field Artillery 136
Heavy Anti-Aircraft Guns 148
Light Anti-Aircraft Guns 159
War Rockets 169
Anti-Tank Guns 179
Infantry Support Weapons 191
Infantry Anti-Tank Weapons 203
Allied and Axis Rifles 215
Allied and Axis Pistols 225
Allied and Axis Machine-Guns 236
Allied and Axis Sub-Machine Guns 249
Allied and Axis Flamethrowers 264
Allied Fighters 275
Axis Fighters 283
Heavy Bombers 293
Light and Medium Bombers 305
Jet Aircraft 318
Axis Ground Attack Aircraft 330
Allied Ground Attack Aircraft 340
Night-Fighters 350
Allied and Axis Flying-Boats 361
Allied and Axis Seaplanes 372
Anti-Shipping Aircraft 383
Carrier Aircraft 393
Transport and Assault Aircraft 404
Air-to-Ground Weapons 414
Light Aircraft 424
Axis Submarines 434
Allied Submarines 443
British Aircraft Carriers 452
Japanese Aircraft Carriers 462
American Aircraft Carriers 470
Allied and Axis Battleships 478
Allied and Axis Cruisers 487
Axis Destroyers 497
Escort Vessels 509
Coastal Craft 519
Assault Ships 529
Glossary of Weapons 540
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  • Posted July 4, 2010

    Good General Information

    If you are an avid WW2 Enthusiast this will be a good resource book for you. It goes into a lot of the various weapon systems of both side and for the most part does include the major ones. However there was one serious omission in the Aircraft Section that I was totally shocked over. The Bf 109 is the most produced fighter ever with around 35k made, was one of the most important fighter fielded by the Luftwaffe in WW2 and a number of the world's top Ace of Aces fly it. This plane is not profiled in the book. This one omission is the reason I did not rate this book as 5 Stars. The other major issue with this book is the lack of an index. If you are looking for a particular item you have to flip through the book and look for it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2004

    Good reference for any personal library...

    Overall,as a reference book on land, sea and air weaponry used in the Second World War, this work provides technical specs, history and photographs and/or impeccable air-brushed illustrations of major (and sometimes not so major)artillery, tanks, ships, aircraft,etc. However, as far as selection and coverage , there are some flaws. The book fails to include the famous and noteworthy North American B-25 Mitchell medium bomber; also, the German scout plane Fi-156 Fiesler Storch, another popular aircraft, is mentioned, but not one photo or color drawing is provided. These omissions would indeed disappoint avid World War II buffs, but despite this flaw the book compensates overwhelmingly by covering other areas, some which would not be found in other similar works, like Soviet and Japanese patrol boats, the first jet aircraft used by ALL combatants,right down to types of aerial bombs used. I do very much indeed recommend this work as an offical reference guide.

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