17 October 2015

BOOK REVIEW: The Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski

The Truth About The WunderwaffeThe Truth About The Wunderwaffe by Igor Witkowski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WUNDERWAFFE is about the Third Reich's weapons of last resort, but it is a book unlike any other on the subject. The author, a former military journalist, has done extensive research on three continents, in the archives of many countries, and he has uncovered a wealth of facts about weapons and weapons systems unknown to the general public. This book is very well documented, and most of the sources have never before been presented in any publication. The main section is an analysis of a research project pertaining to a weapon that officially was and still stands beyond any normal classification-the Wunderwaffe, or, according to German documents, "a weapon decisive for the war." After its first release, THE TRUTH ABOUT THE WUNDERWAFFE became an instant classic. This fully updated and extended English edition bears the same unique tone of voice and style that defined the original.

This is probably the most comprehensive book on this topic that I've yet seen. I got onto it because many other books on the subject cite this work and it's author as a source in their own research. Once I found out that there was an English edition available I just had to read it. The book goes over the whole gamut of proposed Nazi wonder weapons, from aircraft and missiles to biological and nuclear weapons research. The depth of Witkowski's studiy into these developments is incredible. The main reason that I chose to read it was because it is regarded as one of the best works dealing with the infamous alleged "Die Glocke" (The Bell) device that has been linked with anti-gravity research. There is a section of the book devoted entirely to this subject and it's fascinating, as much about the people involved with the project (many of whom are quite mysterious and enigmatic) as it is about the technology and physics involved. Overall it's a brilliant presentation of some equally brilliant research and well worth the time investment if you're into military history or speculative ideas.

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