This book describes the weapons and vehicles of all the countries that fought in World War II. It offers an excellent overview of the diverse weaponry used by both the Axis Powers and the Allies. The weapons described here range from the small pistol to the 75 ton battle tank and examines every area of military technology from infantry arms to submarines and includes a chapter on special weapons.
The German 88: The Most Famous Gun of the Second World War
The German 88 mm guns became the most famous and feared artillery pieces of the Second World War. They appeared in a whole series of forms ranging from anti-aircraft to anti-tank and tank-guns, including several self-propelled platforms. Although primarily anti-aircraft guns they gained an awesome reputation as anti-tank weapons, a reputation that remains to this day. Terry Gander, in this in-depth, highly illustrated study, tells the story of the 88 from its first manifestations during the Great War to its clandestine development in Sweden, its production in Germany, its first 'multi-role' initiation during the Spanish Civil War and its part in the campaigns of 1939-40. As well as a detailed technical description of the gun and its development, his book features vivid accounts of the 88 in action in many of the main theaters of the Second World War, in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany, and on the Eastern Front.
TM E9-369A German 88-mm Antiaircraft Gun Material Technical Manual
The 88-mm gun was a German anti-aircraft and anti-tank artillery gun from World War II. It was used substantially by Germany throughout the war, and was one of the most recognized German weapons of the war. Development of the 88-mm led to a wide variety of weapons.The 88-mm name applies to a series of guns, the first one officially called the Flak 18, then the improved Flak 36, and later the Flak 37. Flak is a contraction of the German word Flugzeugabwehrkanone, meaning "aircraft-defense cannon", the original purpose of the eighty-eight. In English, "flak" became a generic term for ground anti-aircraft fire. In informal German use, the guns were universally known as the Acht-acht, meaning eighty-eight.During the North African campaign, German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, also known as The Desert Fox, made the most effective use of the weapon, as he lured tanks of the British 8th Army into traps by baiting them with apparently retreating tanks. When the enemy tanks pursued, hidden 88-mm guns picked them off at ranges far beyond those of the tank’s guns. A mere two flak battalions destroyed 264 tanks throughout 1941.Created in 1943, this technical manual reveals a great deal about the 88-mm’s design and capabilities. Intended as a manual for those responsible for operation and m...
TM 9-252 Bofors 40-mm Automatic Gun M1 (AA) and 40-mm Antiaircraft Gun Carriages: M2 and M2A1 Technical Manual
The Bofors 40-mm gun is an anti-aircraft, multi-purpose autocannon designed in the 1930s by the Swedish arms manufacturer AB Bofors. It was one of the most popular anti-aircraft systems during World War II, used by most of the western Allies as well as the Axis powers. The cannon remains in service as of 2013, making it one of the longest serving artillery pieces of all time as well as the most wide spread.During World War II, In order to supply both the United States Army and Navy with a much greater number of guns, Chrysler began mass production. Over the lifetime of the production, their engineers introduced numerous additional changes to make the manufacturing process more efficient, eventually reducing the overall time needed to build a gun by half.In U.S. Army service, the single mount Bofors was known as the 40-mm Automatic Gun M1. The U.S. version of the gun fired three variants of the British Mark II high explosive shell as well as the M81A1 armor-piercing round, which was capable of penetrating some fifty millimeters of homogeneous armor plate at a range of 500 yards.Created in 1944, this technical manual reveals a great deal about the 40-mm Automatic Gun M1’s design and capabilities. Intended as a manual for those charged with operation and maintenance, it details ma...
The 8.8cm Flugzeugabwehrkanone 18/36/37/41 - more popularly known as the ‘Flak 88’ - was one of the most successful and influential artillery gun types in the German arsenal in the Second World War. Developed during the 1920s and 1930s, the gun combined accuracy, a high muzzle velocity and a rapid rate of fire (15–20rpm). Although at first developed as an anti-aircraft gun, it went on to achieve equal repute as an anti-tank weapon, imposing horrific casualties on Allied armor across all major European and North African theaters of war. In one clash in Normandy, in June 1944, for example, a single Luftwaffe 8.8cm battery destroyed some 40 Allied tanks.
British Destroyers: From Earliest Days to the Second World War
A Proceedings Magazine 2010 Notable Naval BookNoted historian Norman Friedman provides the first detailed study of the Royal Navy's destroyer from its predecessors from the 1880s to the 1930s, and its use in both World Wars. He shows how the Royal Navy developed the torpedo and its surface carrier--the destroyer--as both an offensive and defensive naval weapon. Friedman also discusses the influence the British exerted on foreign navies, including the American and Japanese fleets, destroyer design and tactics, and the British use of U.S.-supplied destroyers during World War II. The book is profusely illustrated with hundreds of photographs and drawings by A.D. Baker III and Alan Raven.
The Castaway's War: One Man's Battle against Imperial Japan
Shipwrecked on a South Pacific island, a young US Navy lieutenant waged a one-man war against the JapaneseIn the early hours of July 5, 1943, the destroyer USS Strong was hit by a Japanese torpedo. The powerful weapon broke the destroyer's back, killed dozens of sailors, and sparked raging fires. While accompanying ships were able to take off most of Strong's surviving crewmembers, scores went into the ocean as the once-proud warship sank beneath the waves--and a young officer's harrowing story of survival began.Lieutenant Hugh Barr Miller, a pre-war football star at the University of Alabama, went into the water as the vessel sank. Severely injured, Miller and several others survived three days at sea and eventually landed on a Japanese-occupied island. The survivors found fresh water and a few coconuts, but Miller, suffering from internal injuries and believing he was on the verge of death, ordered the others to go on without him. They reluctantly did do, believing, as Miller did, that he would be dead within hours.But Miller didn't die, and his health improved enough for him to begin searching for food. He also found the enemy--Japanese forces patrolling the island. Miller was determined to survive, and so launched a one-man war against the island's occupiers.Based on official...
Flakhelfer to Grenadier: Memoir of a Boy Soldier, 1943-1945
On January 7 1943, the German Government, in order to free adult soldiers for frontline duty, ordered that all male students of secondary schools born in 1926 and 1927 be drafted into anti-air craft service in the homeland. Students were to arrive in batteries on February 18 1943. After serving from one year (those born in 1926) to thirteen months (those born in 1927), the boys were transferred into the Reich Labor Service and from there into the armed forces. They were replaced by boys born in 1928 who served to the end of the war. About 200,000 boys became Flakhelfer. Most were called up at sixteen, but many, like the author, Karl Heinz Schlesier, were only fifteen. The boys served in batteries of light and heavy flak. Although the government insisted school programs continue for Flakhelfer, the effort was a sham, especially where heavy bombing occurred. Schlesier, a student of Rethel Gymnasium in Düsseldorf, served as Flakhelfer in the regions that suffered the most numerous and heaviest air raids of the war in the Rhineland (Düsseldorf) and the Ruhr (Recklinghausen). His is a coming of age story in a world gone mad, where a teenage boy launched shrapnel into a sky filled with bombers, where Christmas-tree-like flares marked cities about to burn, where working beside Russian...
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American Anti Aircraft Weapons of World War II
Anti Aircraft Guns Wwii
American anti-aircraft weapon of World War II :
Anti-Aircraft Machine Cannons -
M45 Quadmount ( Meat Chopper or Krautmower ) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M45_Quadmount
Chicago Piano ( 28mm 1.1" / 75 Caliber ) Machine Cannon - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1.1%22/75_caliber_gun
Oerlikon 20mm Naval Auto-Cannon -
37mm Gun M1 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/37_mm_Gun_M1
40mm M1 ( American Copy of Bofors L/60 AA Gun ) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bofors_40_mm_gun#U.S._versions