11 April 2014

BOOK REVIEW: Hitler's Terror Weapons: From Doodlebug to Nuclear Warheads by Geoffrey Brooks

Hitler's Terror Weapons: From Doodlebug to Nuclear WarheadsHitler's Terror Weapons: From Doodlebug to Nuclear Warheads by Geoffrey Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the story of the Terror Weapons developed by Hitler and Nazi Germany that were intended to be unleashed with devastating effect on the rest of the World. The book charts the development of the V rockets and their successes against allied targets. It then goes on to look at the even more sinister deadly weapons that Hitler was planning and developing, but fortunately did not succeed in producing. Hitler's Terror Weapons tells of the desperate efforts of the Nazis to produce war-winning weapons, and the measures taken by the Allies at the high levels to frustrate them in their aim.

Not a bad book at all, but it focuses more on the philosophy and doctrine behind the development of the infamous terror weapons and not so much the details of the devices themselves. Such information is present, albeit in lesser amounts than I would have liked. Among the information presented by Brooks is some really interesting stuff about the origins of the Ayrean doctrines and how this affected scientific thought in Nazi Germany of the day. Also the alleged fact that the Nazi movement was, in fact, an evolution of ancient Tibetan/Oriental mysticism was quite startling and the first time I've come across this idea. Overall an interesting and well-written book that would've got another star from me had there been more about the nuts and bolts of the weapons themselves.

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