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Arriving at supersonic speed, without warning, and with the defenses powerless against them they did enormous damage and had a serious effect on morale. In Hitler's Rockets, Norman Longmate tells the story of this technically brilliant weapon, the ancestor and forerunner of all subsequent ballistic missiles. He reveals the devious power-play within the German armed forces and the Nazi establishment which so influenced the creation of the rockets. He also shows through contemporary documents and protagonists' accounts how the British intelligence skillfully pieced together often contradictory evidence as it sought to establish the true nature of the threat.
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By Michael J Canning on 07-22-14
Excellent history of the V-2
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, absolutely. The book is a serious but accessible history of the V-2 program, covering the key developments in rocketry technology the made the V-2 possible in the late 1930s; the military and political imperatives that propelled its development by the Reich (but not by the allies) in the final years of the war; it's operational success and strategic failure; and ultimately, the V-2's role as the direct precursor of all strategic nuclear missiles, especially those which defined balance-of-power during the Cold War. It succeeds in doing all of this.
The level of technical detail is just-right for the average reader interested in learning more about this fascinating niche of warfare during WW II, and early modern ballistic rocketry more generally, and the pace is quick and entertaining. The book does not offer much if any new insight on military strategy and doctrines of Hitler and the Reich, but limits its scope to the V-2 program and it's impact (or lack thereof) on the air war in Europe.
Very good history. Well worth the credit.
What other book might you compare Hitler's Rockets to and why?
Demons under the Microscope
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Too little, too late, thank God.
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By Randy on 10-05-15
What did you like best about Hitler's Rockets? What did you like least?
The best part of this book was the beginning chapters about the progress of the V-Rockets.
Would you ever listen to anything by Norman Longmate again?
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Did Hitler's Rockets inspire you to do anything?
Any additional comments?
This book should have been called "Hitler's Rockets: V-2 in London," as most of the book is about the people and events regarding the explosions of the V-2. I would have much rather had a book that describes the V-2 in greater detail with most about the scientists behind it and how it actually worked, etc. I would not recommend this book to anyone that wants a book about the rockets themselves. This book is more for people wanting to read about the rockets' affects.