This thought-provoking book examines the Nazi German plans to raid – and bomb – New York and the eastern seaboard in the event of a successful invasion of the Soviet Union.
The plans rested upon the use of transoceanic aircraft, such as the six-engined Ju 390, Me 264 or Ta 400. The Third Reich was unable to produce these machines in sufficient numbers, however, if the Soviet Union had been conquered, these plans would have become a reality. With the seizure of vital resources from the Soviet Union the Wehrmacht would have had enough fuel and material to mass-produce giant bomber aircraft: it was a near-run thing. The collapse of the Wehrmacht infrastructure and the premature end of the Thousand Year Reich ensured that plans for long-range remote-controlled missiles never got past the drawing board.
This fascinating, thoroughly researched study offers valuable insights into how Germany developed new weapons and shows why the attempts to develop long range bombers were frustrated until they were terminated by the end of hostilities. Includes more than a hundred rarely seen photographs and original plans.
|Publisher:||Pen and Sword|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Manfred Griehl is a respected historian with a unique photographic archive, specializing in Luftwaffe operations of World War II. His books include German Bombers over Russia and German Elite Pathfinders.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What's particularly valuble about this book is how Griehl examines long-range aviation in the wartime Luftwaffe from the program level, as that gives you a better appreciation of what the trade-offs were at the mission and hardware levels. This is not to mention that it gives you more insight into the limited resources behind the cool planes, and how the noose was tightening around the neck of the regime from a relatively early point in time. It might be noted though that there is relatively little on the strategic considerations on actually striking the United States, though that is probably more a commentary on the level of strategic analysis in the Third Reich than anything else.
As an avid reader about WWII and especially the Luftwaffe and Nazi secret projects, I was excited about this book, and the concept (which, historically with a few changes by Nazi leadership) would have changed the world we live in today. The book itself seemed 95% about technical descriptions of the various types of aircraft in operation or under development. It was much of the same thing over and over: "this design will have XX range with XX payload, but requires the XX engines which are not available and was therefore shelved by the RLM". The other 5% was fascinating in describing some of the alternative methods envisioned to attack America (and other global targets). So I was a bit disappointed overall as a purist on the topic, but perhaps for someone new to the subject it may well be a very interesting read. There were some unique photos I had not seen before, I do wish the graphics and photos had be spaced around in the text (rather than bunched together), especially when describing a certain design.
Gift to an old WWII enthusiast. He didn't seem disappointed.