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cspg
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posted 09-02-2016 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
V2: The A4 Rocket from Peenemunde to Redstone
by Murray Barber
The A4 rocket, or V2 – 'Vergeltungswaffen Zwei' (Vengeance Weapon 2), was the most sophisticated weapon developed in Europe during the Second World War. From September 1944 to March 1945, launch teams fired more than 3,000 V2 rockets at targets in England, France, Belgium and even within Germany itself. Many V2s were fired from mobile launch sites and from concealed wooded areas, using fleets of transporters and trailers with sophisticated ancillary and support vehicles. After travelling at the edge of space, the V2 fell without warning at supersonic speeds, turning suburban streets to dust in seconds and terrorising civilians.

Drawing on a wide range of archive sources, rare personal accounts and interviews conducted with personnel associated with the A4/V2 program, rocketry expert Murray R. Barber traces the origins of the V2 and presents a detailed view of the research conducted at the secret, experimental rocket-testing facility at Kummersdorf West and the vast, infamous base at Peenemünde. This important new work reveals the transformation of the rocket into a weapon of war and describes the A4 in detail as well as the intense and often difficult intelligence effort by the Allies to discover more about this highly secret and unprecedented weapon, and to destroy it.

The author also describes the field-testing of the A4 rocket, its reliability problems and the remedies and compromises employed to deal with them. He reveals the activities of the SS and their machinations to gain control of the rocket programme from the Wehrmacht, as well as the subsequent operational deployment of the V2 in Operation Penguin, the 'vengeance' offensive against the British Isles.

Illustrated throughout with rare and many previously unseen images (including color photographs), technical drawings and maps, this is the most comprehensive book ever on the V2, and includes important new details of the post-war development and testing of the rocket and its role in the dawning of the space age.

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Crecy Publishing (May 15, 2017)
  • ISBN-10: 1906537534
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906537531

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posted 12-27-2017 06:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The book is much cheaper if ordered from the UK (£32.50 versus US$80).

PeterO
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posted 12-27-2017 07:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for PeterO   Click Here to Email PeterO     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon USA is showing December 30th as the release date, but Book Depository in the UK already has it in stock. I pre-ordered my copy from Amazon shortly after it was posted, so my "lowest price guarantee" price will be $46.48.

However, I anticipate that it will go from Pre-order status directly to Temporarily Out of Stock, and not actually be available for at least another month. This is typical of Crecy and some other UK publishers when ordering from Amazon USA.

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posted 12-27-2017 10:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazon UK shipped my copy. As for Crecy, the book is not listed on their website. I emailed them to inquire if they were the publisher...

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posted 12-27-2017 02:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for pollux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Might have been a blip - it's there now...

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