Hitler's Terror Weapons: The Price of Vengeance

 
9780007112623: Hitler's Terror Weapons: The Price of Vengeance

Did Hitler's use of unproven exotic weapons cost him the war? Were they worth the price? What effect did the V weapons have on Allied plans, morale and supplies? Roy Irons also investigates Hitler's thirst for revenge following 1918 and his dread when Russian victories and allied bombing began to shadow the Third Reich.

This title addresses Hitler's use of unproven and exotic weapons of mass bombardment. Did they cost him the war, or were they worth the price? What effect did the initial reports of the V weapons have on Allied plans? Might they have provoked the use of poison gas by Britain? Did they affect the campaign in Normandy? What effect did the bombardment have on London's morale, and on allied supplies through the great port of Antwerp?

This title is also written as a discourse to investigate how Hitler saw the German revolution and collapse of morale in 1918 which ended the First World War as a betrayal of the German army, his determination to take revenge on those he saw as responsible, and his dread of a recurrence when Russian victories and allied bombing began to cast grim and ever growing shadows over the Third Reich.

Preface
Foreword by Richard Overy
Part One: Development and Dreams
Chapter One – The Seeds of Vengeance
Chapter Two – The Weapons of Vengeance
Part Two: Raids and Revenge
Chapter Three – The Renewal of War
Chapter Four – Promise from Peenmuende
Part Three: Fear and Intelligence
Chapter Five – The Doom of London
Chapter Six – Terror, Strategy and a Poison Cloud
Part Four: Impact and Reality
Chapter Seven – Countdown
Chapter Eight – The Robot Bombardment
Chapter Nine – Attack from Airless Space – The Final Preparations
Chapter Ten – The Rocket's Red Flare
Chapter Eleven – Terror and Morale
Chapter Twelve – Belgium the Brave
Chapter Thirteen – Shooting the Rocket Down
Part Five: Evaluation and Hindsight
Chapter Fourteen – Hitler's War and the Terror Weapons
Chapter Fifteen – Germany's War and the Terror Weapons
Chapter Sixteen – Conclusion
Appendix One: The Paths of Vengeance
Appendix Two: 'The Hubertus Train, the live whip of the German Armament Industry'
Appendix Three: Statistics
Appendix Four: Four Allied Analyses of the Flying Bomb
Selected Biography

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This fascinating investigation into Hitler's arms policies investigates the factors which influenced his ideas, and their impact on the world and the outcome of WWII.

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In June 1944, a few days after the allied invasion of Normandy, Germany launched the first of her 'vengeance' weapons, the V1 flying bomb, against London. This was followed in September 1944 by the V2 rocket. When the allies took the great Belgian port of Antwerp, essential to secure supplies for a rapid advance into Germany, this port, as well as Liege and other Belgian and French cities, was bombarded by V weapons as well as conventional bombers. A vast array of technical,industrial and raw material resources were channelled by Germany into intricate weapons whose cost was maximised, and whose effectiveness minimised, by their inaccuracy. Why was this so, when the nation's main problem was in the east, where the seemingly unstoppable and avenging armies of the Soviet Union sliced bloodily ever closer - seconded by a rain of fire and destruction by allied bombers, which ruined all attempts to rationalize and develop German industrial might, demanded huge rescources for defence, and terrified, blasted and incinerated its citizens?

The answer lay chiefly in the mind of Hitler. Appalled and infuriated by his experiences in the First World War, where German morale had suddenly and unexpectedly collapsed, the dictator saw will and morale as factors of paramount importance in all things. When approached by contending army and air force rocket scientists and engineers he was first sceptical about the value of their respective wares; but as huge losses in the east, invasion in the west and glaring defeat in the skies over Germany seemed once again to threaten morale, and 1943 began to bear chilling resemblances to 1918, he threw his weight behind the weapons of vengeance,perhaps more in the hope of impressing and inspiriting Germany than demoralising London or destroying Antwerp docks.

The book surveys the development, use and success of the weapons; and explores Hitler's military views and Germany's real options against the background of the great events of the Second World War as they unfolded.

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