Luftwaffe Secret Projects: Strategic Bombers 1935-1945 by Dieter Herwig & Heinz Rode soon to be presented for sale on the dazzling BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: Leicester: Midland Publishing, 2000, Hardback in dust wrapper.
First British Edition. [First Published: Stuttgart: Motorbuch, 1998] Illustrated by way of: Portraits; Black & White Photographs; Colour Drawings; Tables; Plans;
From the cover: Reichmarshal Hermann Goring was so convinced in 1940 that his Luftwaffe was invincible that he decreed that only refinements of existing types need be considered there was no need for more research and development, the war would be short and sharp. The Battle of Britain and the flawed invasion of the Soviet Union changed all that. Germany needed all the technological muscle it could muster. From mid-1941 onwards the brakes were off and some of the finest minds in aerodynamics turned their thoughts to war-winning aircraft of a new generation.
Momentum was gained at an incredible pace, moving through advanced piston-engined designs to produce jet aircraft using aerodynamic concepts that the Allies seemed unable to match. Thankfully, the time-lag generated by the German leadership allowed little in the way of hardware to appear operationally by 1945.
For the first time, Germanys incredible bomber projects of 1939-1945 are revealed -showing the technical dominance that their famed designers could have achieved if time allowed shapes and layouts that do not look out of place in the 1990s.
With access to much previously unpublished information the authors bring to life futuristic shapes that might have terrorised the Allies had the war gone beyond 1945. Approximately 100 full colour illustrations in contemporary unit markings, plus dozens of three-view style plans and numerous black and white photographs show vividly what might have been achieved. Careful comparison with later Allied and Soviet aircraft show the legacy handed on, right up to todays stealth aircraft.
This book, which is a companion to the highly successful Fighters volume, takes the lid off an incredible subject.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Grey boards with Silver titling to the Spine. 144 pages. Index. 11¼” x 8¾”.