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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2015, 11:23:54 pm »
Cheers for the heads up
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2015, 11:31:02 am »
Some interesting looking ones there.

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« Reply #5 on: September 02, 2015, 09:57:39 am »
Haynes is cranking out a B-29 manual in December.
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« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2015, 01:39:53 am »
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2015, 04:36:18 am »
The Pentagon's Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America's Top-Secret Military Research Agency

http://www.amazon.com/Pentagons-Brain-Uncensored-Americas-Top-Secret/dp/0316371769/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1441355903&sr=1-1&keywords=pentagon%27s+brain

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2015, 07:59:00 am »
Miss Jacobsen has no credibility whatsoever. The Roadrunners will help illuminate her way of presenting information.





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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2015, 10:55:13 am »
Via the Say; Hello Spaceman blog:



Out in hardcopy on the 22nd of October 2015, The 2001 File: Harry Lange and the Design of the Landmark Science Fiction Film, with 336 pages and over 600 images and illustrations.

EDIT: Publisher is Reel Art Press.
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #10 on: September 11, 2015, 07:27:26 pm »
According to Amazon (U.S.), the next three books in Crecy's Hikoki series will be:


X-Planes of Europe II  (December)


Axis Aircraft in Latin America  (January)


Spyflights & Overflights: U.S. Strategic Aerial Reconnaissance 1945-1960  (June)

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« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2015, 09:12:54 am »
Pen & Sword has announced two new titles in their FlightCraft series, which is aimed at modelers:  MiG-31 Foxhound and Avro Shackleton.

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2016, 02:07:18 am »
One of those two books is an interesting book by a serious author.

The other is by "Ballet dancer turned defense specialist" Fox News security analyst Allison Barrie. Don't get your hopes up too high.
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #16 on: July 08, 2016, 09:14:12 am »
One of those two books is an interesting book by a serious author.

The other is by "Ballet dancer turned defense specialist" Fox News security analyst Allison Barrie. Don't get your hopes up too high.
But what if a defense specialist turned ballet dancer wrote a book on the Bolshoi?  ;D
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« Reply #17 on: July 17, 2016, 10:57:48 pm »
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #18 on: July 19, 2016, 09:17:55 pm »
I vote too expensive but sometimes you see a paper bound cheaper version released later.

Defending the Arsenal: Why America's Nuclear Modernization Still Matters

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1138204544/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=BW1R4VUT2EJT&coliid=I3D2C9C6N40KNU

Better  :D

https://www.amazon.com/Winged-Shield-Sword-History-1907-1950/dp/1530350816/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468821639&sr=1-12&keywords=stephen+j.+cimbala
Update on "Defending the Arsenal" I contacted one of the authors about the price and the need to reach a wider audience with a book on this crucially important topic. He agreed and said he would be contacting his co-author and the publisher to see/request if a cheaper version could be published.

Wait and see I guess.
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #19 on: July 21, 2016, 06:32:12 am »

Update on "Defending the Arsenal" I contacted one of the authors about the price and the need to reach a wider audience with a book on this crucially important topic. He agreed and said he would be contacting his co-author and the publisher to see/request if a cheaper version could be published.

Wait and see I guess.

160 pages priced at $149.95?  Even for hardcover that's a disconnect.

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« Reply #20 on: July 25, 2016, 09:39:23 pm »

Update on "Defending the Arsenal" I contacted one of the authors about the price and the need to reach a wider audience with a book on this crucially important topic. He agreed and said he would be contacting his co-author and the publisher to see/request if a cheaper version could be published.

Wait and see I guess.

160 pages priced at $149.95?  Even for hardcover that's a disconnect.
Get close to 800 pages but still out of my price range

https://www.amazon.com/Official-History-Strategic-Nuclear-Deterrent/dp/1138674931/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1469507848&sr=1-5&keywords=nuclear+weapons
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #23 on: September 02, 2016, 12:47:25 pm »


Axis Suicide Squads
German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
Author - Justo Miranda
ISBN - 978-1-78155-565-1
Binding - Hardback
Extent - 288 pages
Illustrations - 126 mono
Publication - 27 October 2016

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #24 on: September 02, 2016, 02:02:33 pm »
Happy to hear about Mr Miranda next book :)

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #25 on: September 02, 2016, 02:11:24 pm »


Axis Suicide Squads
German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
Author - Justo Miranda
ISBN - 978-1-78155-565-1
Binding - Hardback
Extent - 288 pages
Illustrations - 126 mono
Publication - 27 October 2016

This looks fantastic - I don't see anywhere to preorder it yet unfortunately, just a Fonthill press release, but as soon as I can I'm putting some money down. Can't wait to see what it says about the Daimler-Benz Schnellstbombenträger, Trägerflugzeug and Selbstvernichter, or Schnellbomber, Trägerflugzeug and SO Flugzeug as Focke-Wulf insisted on calling them in Kurzbeschreibung Nr. 28!
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #26 on: September 03, 2016, 06:31:56 am »
INDEX

Aerial Ramming
German Rammers
Bachem Manned Rocket
Blohm und Voss BV 40
Blohm und Voss / Stöckel Rammschussjäger
Daimler Benz Schnellbomberträger
DFS Menschengesteuerte Bombe
DFS / Lippisch Bombensegler
DFS Eber
DVL Jagdsegler
Fieseler Fi 103 Reichenberg
Focke Wulf Sprengstoffträger
Focke Wulf Rammjäger
Gotha P.54
Gotha P.55
Gotha P.56 / 57
Lippisch Rammer
Messerschmitt Me 328
Messerschmitt P.1103 / P.1104
Zeppelin Rammer

IJA suicide airplanes

Tachikawa Ki.9 Spruce
Mitsubishi Ki.21 Sally
Nakajima Ki.27 Nate
Tachikawa Ki.36/Ki-55 Ida
Nakajima Ki.43 Oscar
Nakajima Ki.44 Tojo
Kawasaki Ki.45 Nick
Mitsubishi Ki.46 Dinah
Kawasaki Ki.48 Lily
Nakajima Ki.49 Helen
Mitsubishi Ki.51 Sonia
Tachikawa Ki.54 Hickory
Mitsubishi Ki.57 Topsy
Kawasaki Ki.61/Ki.100 Tony
Mitsubishi Ki.67/Ki.167 Peggy
Mansyu Ki.79 2 Koren
Nakajima Ki.84 Frank
Mizuyama Ta-Go
Kokusai Ki.86 Cypress
Showa L2D

IJN suicide airplanes

Aichi D1A2 Susie
Aichi D3A Val
Aichi E13A Jake
Aichi M6A1 Seiran
Kawanishi E7K2 Alf
Kugisho D5Y1 Miojo
Kyushu K11W Shiragiku
Mitsubishi A5M4 Claude
Mitsubishi A6M Zero
Mitsubishi F1M2 Pete
Nakajima B5N Kate
Nakajima C6N Saiun
Nakajima J1N1 Irving
Yokosuka K5Y1 Willow
Yokosuka P1Y1 Frances

Kokoku Heiki Go.1

Kawanishi N1K1-J Shiden
Kawanishi N1K2-J Shiden KAI
Mitsubishi Raiden
Nakajima B6N Tenzan
Yokosuka D4Y Suisei
Aichi B7A Ryusei

Kokoku Heiki Go.2

Kugisho MXY7 Ohka
Kawanishi Baika
Mizuno Shinryu
Nakajima Maru-Ten
Kugisho Tenga
Yokosuka R2Y2 Keiun
Kakukyoku Rammer

Kokoku Heiki Go.3

Nakajima Ki.115-Ko Tsurugi
Nakajima Ki.115-Otsu Tsurugi
Nakajima Ki.115-Hei Tsurugi
Showa Toka
Nakajima Ki.230




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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2016, 06:34:34 am »
 :) :) :)

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« Reply #29 on: September 03, 2016, 11:48:45 am »
 :)

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« Reply #30 on: September 05, 2016, 04:04:20 am »
https://www.amazon.com/Hunter-Killers-Extraordinary-Maverick-Dangerous/dp/006237513X/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=
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The blurb is wrong.  The first "Wild Weasels" were some RAF Typhoons which were equipped with radar detectors and went radar hunting in Normandy - they were not a success.

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« Reply #31 on: September 05, 2016, 10:56:55 am »


Axis Suicide Squads
German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
Author - Justo Miranda
ISBN - 978-1-78155-565-1
Binding - Hardback
Extent - 288 pages
Illustrations - 126 mono
Publication - 27 October 2016

Still nothing on Fonthill so I preordered via Amazon. Seems to have an October 20 release date over there. Moderators - would it be possible for Justo's book to get its own topic?

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« Reply #33 on: September 23, 2016, 05:27:17 am »
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Hopefully not mentioned elsewhere ;

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1911096753/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=AO3PW2Y5652W&coliid=IOJUJMYC29IEB

Vakhmistrov's Circus: Zveno Combined Aircraft - The Projects, Developments, Testing and Combat

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The purpose of this publication is to provide readers with most complete history of combined aircraft designs created by Vladimir Vakhmistrov. The designer himself referred to his projects as Zveno Aircraft (where the Russian word Zveno stands for Chain link or Flight combat unit), adding the names of aircraft which were included in each configuration. Vakhmistrov was among the world s pioneers in devising and implementing the attachment of small fighters under heavy bombers. The larger aircraft were thus able to carry the smaller ones to the target area, whereas the fighters, in their turn, after the separation from their motherships , acted as guards for the slow-speed giants.

During the period from 1931 thru 1941, several configurations of this concept were created involving mass-produced TB-1 and TB-3 bombers, and I-4, I-5, I-Zet, and I-16 fighters, which were modified correspondingly in order to fit the task. Basing on Vakhmistrov's projects there were carried out the first in the world air connections of fighters under their bomber carriers. The most successful variant among all the created Zveno aircraft consisted of a four-engined Tupolev TB-3 bomber and two Polikarpov I-16 fighters attached under the bomber s wing. The fighters carried two 250-kg bombs each and acted as a high-speed dive bombers after disconnection from the carrier plane. Several such aircraft, referred to as Zveno-SPB, were used operationally during the war by the Black Sea Fleet Air Force. Initially, three TB-3s with AM-34RN engines were allocated for re-equipment into Zveno-SPB which were taken into service by the 2nd Special Squadron of the 32nd Fighter Regiment, 62nd Aviation Brigade of the Black Sea Fleet Air Force stationed in Eupatoria. The order to begin combat application of the 32nd Regiment's combined aircraft was given on 22 July 1941, while the first air raid on port structures in Romania, the German ally, was made on 26 July. More than thirty combat missions were carried out till October 1941, and became one of the most successful operations of the Soviet aviation during the Great Patriotic War. Meanwhile, Vakhmistrov had a large number of other interesting projects and many of them remained on the designer's drawing board. More than 20 years were spent by the author on the historical research of the subject in the Russian archives.

The book is extensively illustrated by the pictures from the author's archive, aircraft test reports, as well as specially prepared scale drawings and color side views.


Paperback: 144 pages

Publisher: Helion & Company Ltd (15 Dec. 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1911096753

ISBN-13: 978-1911096757

Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 24.8 x 24.8 cm







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« Reply #34 on: November 18, 2016, 07:56:54 am »


Axis Suicide Squads
German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War
Author - Justo Miranda
ISBN - 978-1-78155-565-1
Binding - Hardback
Extent - 288 pages
Illustrations - 126 mono
Publication - 27 October 2016

Still nothing on Fonthill so I preordered via Amazon. Seems to have an October 20 release date over there. Moderators - would it be possible for Justo's book to get its own topic?

Any update on this Justo? My Amazon order's still "not yet dispatched"...

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« Reply #35 on: November 18, 2016, 09:46:58 am »
Thanks for your order.
Fonthill has not yet advised on the final publication date

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« Reply #36 on: November 18, 2016, 10:13:28 am »
Thanks for your order.
Fonthill has not yet advised on the final publication date

Thanks - looking forward to it!

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« Reply #37 on: November 18, 2016, 10:48:21 am »
Samples

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« Reply #38 on: November 18, 2016, 10:49:33 am »
Samples two

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« Reply #39 on: November 19, 2016, 02:26:05 pm »
An Ohka with floats?? How bizarre!

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« Reply #40 on: November 19, 2016, 02:35:06 pm »
A little bit off-topic, but that suicide motorboat reminds me of an earlier concept for a suicide motorboat, in 1937, that resulted in the three-point design that is still used today on racing hydroplanes:

"The modern three-point concept had had its origin when representatives of the Chinese government contracted with Ventnor for a fleet of high speed suicide boats. The Chinese wanted a hull that would travel in the area of 50 to 60 miles per hour and carry a 500-pound bomb in the bow. The driver would take this, ram an enemy ship, and blow it up.

Over a dozen of these crafts were built by Ventnor, a company that secondarily manufactured a line of water skis.

As production of the suicide boats got underway, a serious problem was encountered. The 20-foot rigs proved to be terribly erratic. At high speeds and in the corners, they tended to dig in and plow on account of all that weight in the bow.

Perplexed, Adolph and Arno Apel took a pair of Ventnor water skis and jury-rigged the skis with some two-by-fours on the sides of the boats with the hope of improving the riding characteristics. When they tested, they found that the skis came down, absorbed the weight, and greatly stabilized the boats.

The Apels then built these stabilizers right onto the outside of the hulls. This was the original basis for modern sponsons! The fact that Ventnor specialized not only in boats but also in water skis has to be one of the oddest quirks of the industry. It was these two elements coming together that created the three-point design that still dominates more than sixty years later.

As for the suicide boats, thirteen or fourteen of them were sent over to China, and no one seems to know what ever happened to them. As far as is known, they were never used in a war situation for the purpose that they were intended."

One of those suicide boats was never delivered and was modified to a highly-successful racing boat that started the trend to three-point hulls.

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« Reply #42 on: January 07, 2017, 08:14:02 am »
Thanks for your order.
Fonthill has not yet advised on the final publication date

Any news on Axis Suicide Squads?

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« Reply #43 on: January 07, 2017, 04:10:09 pm »
Yesterday Amazon.de cancelled my preorder.  :'( Today I saw the publication date 3rd July 2017 on Amazon.com. Damn, I just can´t wait!

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« Reply #44 on: January 08, 2017, 01:02:08 am »
Yesterday Amazon.de cancelled my preorder.  :'( Today I saw the publication date 3rd July 2017 on Amazon.com. Damn, I just can´t wait!

Hope that's a real date, not just a placeholder!

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« Reply #45 on: January 09, 2017, 12:58:50 pm »
I have not recieved the book as yet, although the publishers have sent me the full jacket. But no publication date.
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« Reply #46 on: January 10, 2017, 03:47:03 am »
Thank you, Justo!

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« Reply #47 on: January 11, 2017, 12:09:47 am »
I have not recieved the book as yet, although the publishers have sent me the full jacket. But no publication date.

Lovely cover - can't wait to get hold of it!

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« Reply #48 on: January 11, 2017, 04:56:36 am »
 :)

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« Reply #49 on: January 30, 2017, 01:34:38 am »
I have not recieved the book as yet, although the publishers have sent me the full jacket. But no publication date.

Email received this morning...  :(


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Unfortunately, we’ve had to cancel your order #203-8180663-2793165 for the "Axis Suicide Squads: German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War" (1781555656) as  we're not currently able to offer this item for sale.  You haven't been charged for this item.

We're sorry for any inconvenience this causes and hope to see you again soon.

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« Reply #50 on: January 31, 2017, 12:20:22 pm »
From Fonthill Editor, today.
"Apologies we advertised an earlier publication date and missed, it, we shall change the date to avoid this happening again, we are now back on schedule."


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« Reply #51 on: January 31, 2017, 12:38:05 pm »
New date?

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« Reply #52 on: January 31, 2017, 04:49:03 pm »
July 3, 2017

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #58 on: February 25, 2017, 03:20:18 am »
I have not recieved the book as yet, although the publishers have sent me the full jacket. But no publication date.

Look what came through from the Book Depository this morning (see attached)!

I don't think Justo would appreciate a review from me - particularly on the Daimler-Benz 'projects' section - but suffice to say it's classic old skool Luft 46 fare with lots of the usual painstakingly-drawn speculative diagrams showing what might have been.


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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #59 on: February 27, 2017, 10:04:49 am »
If you make a review of the book I will sent you the next volume as a gift ;)

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« Reply #60 on: February 27, 2017, 12:21:51 pm »
If you make a review of the book I will sent you the next volume as a gift ;)

Axis Suicide Squads by Justo Miranda
REVIEW
by Dan Sharp

When I first discovered Dan Johnson’s Luft 46 website and with it a whole host of weird and fascinating German Second World War projects, one of the chief attractions for me was the artwork that went along with the site. It was all about the drawings – these strange designs brought to life in vivid detail.
Browsing through the site, I noticed a section entitled Reichdreams Dossiers by J. Miranda and P. Mercado. This took (and still takes) the form of a huge catalogue of volumes, each detailing numerous unbuilt types from the major Third Reich manufacturers – many of which were not even on the website itself. I was intrigued. But then I saw that many of these ‘dossiers’ seemed to be out of print and all the prices were in US dollars.
In the days before Paypal and internet shopping proper, even though I longed to explore these volumes, I felt it was too much of a risk so my order was never placed. Then, years later at an air show, I discovered a volume called Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich – German Missiles 1934-1945 by J. Miranda and P. Mercado. I bought it eagerly but getting it home found that it did indeed contain only what it said on the cover. No sign of those Gotha bats, rocket planes or supersonic projects. No companion volumes including these seemed to be available either.
Imagine my delight, then, to find that Justo Miranda’s work was finally being printed up in luxurious hardback form by Fonthill Media. First piston-engined fighters, then flying wings and now we have rammers and other ‘suicide’ aircraft.
I bought each of them when they came out and I have not been disappointed. They are filled to the brim with those same wonderful line drawings that first drew my attention back at the turn of the millennium. My own research into German projects material has often taken me down different paths to those followed by Justo, which makes it awkward for me to pass judgement on the text. But having seen the original drawings of projects such as the one labelled ‘Gotha P.55’ it makes me smile to see how sympathetically Justo has treated them and how carefully he has elaborated upon what is really little more than a sketch.
Setting the German projects aside, Axis Suicide Squads differs from its predecessors in featuring Japanese projects too. This section has a further multitude of Justo’s lovely drawings and the text details the many recorded instances of Japanese aircraft being used for ‘Tokko’ attacks.
I found this very interesting and it has encouraged me to go and find out more about Japanese projects, beyond the two Edwin M. Dyer books.
For me, Axis Suicide Squads has been precisely the trip down memory lane that I wanted and more. As I said before, it really is secret projects done ‘old skool’.

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #61 on: February 28, 2017, 10:23:14 am »
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« Reply #65 on: March 28, 2017, 08:35:21 am »
Here is a forthcoming book about French battleships of WW I by John Jordan (if it is like the  first volume it must be a superb book)

https://www.amazon.com/French-Battleships-World-War-One/dp/1591146399/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490715104&sr=8-2&keywords=battleship+world+war+I.

Replying to the last post in this topic the book about nanoweapons mentions 5 pounds nukes....but how would they overcome the critical mass issue? I suspect it might be a sicence fiction book.

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« Reply #66 on: March 29, 2017, 02:52:47 pm »
People have probably already seen this, but Crecy have posted a preview of the revised British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949 by Tony Buttler on their website http://www.crecy.co.uk/british-secret-projects-2. Due out on September 29 this year.
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« Reply #67 on: March 30, 2017, 02:45:16 am »
Here is a forthcoming book about French battleships of WW I by John Jordan (if it is like the  first volume it must be a superb book)

https://www.amazon.com/French-Battleships-World-War-One/dp/1591146399/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1490715104&sr=8-2&keywords=battleship+world+war+I.

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #68 on: March 30, 2017, 03:54:22 am »
People have probably already seen this, but Crecy have posted a preview of the revised British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949 by Tony Buttler on their website http://www.crecy.co.uk/british-secret-projects-2. Due out on September 29 this year.

Nice one, I know Tony has mentioned there is not as much updated data in this revised volume than the Fighters volume but still looking forward to it, be interesting to see if they actually publish for the end of September as the Fighter volume has had a couple of slippages so far.

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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #69 on: March 30, 2017, 04:52:38 am »
Is there also going to be an update of BSP 1935 to 50? Hopefully a multi volume expansion. :)

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« Reply #70 on: March 30, 2017, 03:34:11 pm »
Is there also going to be an update of BSP 1935 to 50? Hopefully a multi volume expansion. :)

I'm pretty sure they will be republished in the new format and style as the rest of the series, but i'm not sure how much additional and new information there will be as Tony has also done British Experimental Combat Aircraft of WWII for Crecy as well covering some of the more important projects.

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« Reply #71 on: March 31, 2017, 12:46:24 am »
People have probably already seen this, but Crecy have posted a preview of the revised British Secret Projects 2: Jet Bombers Since 1949 by Tony Buttler on their website http://www.crecy.co.uk/british-secret-projects-2. Due out on September 29 this year.

A smart looking bomber on the front cover.  Anyone know what company designed it?   B)

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« Reply #72 on: March 31, 2017, 04:07:37 am »
Armstrong Whitworth AW.56.

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« Reply #73 on: March 31, 2017, 05:20:26 am »
Armstrong Whitworth AW.56.

I thought it was, thanks Arjen.

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« Reply #74 on: June 04, 2017, 08:19:34 am »
Just finished "Axis Suicide Squads" from Justo Miranda.

Mr Miranda's third tittle at Fonthill. Again, I closed the book with a feeling of satisfaction, I've discovered that my knowledge on such desperate actions was only marginal. Af first sight this book, seems a guide of aircraft projects but, the reading reveals a text full of facts and data, connected into a solid story. Readers will learn that suicide actions weren't just an irrational behaviour but the last resort, radical no doubt, to reverse a defeat from the ever increasing superiority from the opponent. Thus, an array of hardware was developed to fight efficiently a get results under that conditions of scarcity and inferiority. In fact, there was an evolution in the aircraft designs as situation worsened for the Axis powers.
 
Mr Miranda erudition is a plus because, through the text, readers can learn about technological drawbacks from the Axis side. For instance: German SAM effectivity negated by Allied ECM and Japanese fighter design philosophy revealed inefficient to bring down US heavy bombers. I love Mr Miranda books because I always end the readings with much more knowledge than what I expected from the tittle of the book.
So if you're looking for a different approach to the WWII aerial fighting, that book is for you too.

The list of adapted and original designs included is impresive, many of it previously unknown to me. I've been surprised by the quantity of proposals from the Luftwaffe and I didn't knew how many variants of the Ohka were studied.

There is a drawing for every subject, as usual. Original from the author, beautiful technical drawings to scale with different views and detail. Gorgeous, a delight for the aerospace fans. Here comes my only criticism: on page 34 I can hardly appreciate the comprehensive BV40 drawings because it looks too much reduced to fit in place. I must admit that I'm getting older and my eyes start to fail.

In summary, buy it alone or add to the previous works that's a must for a broad group of history, technology, modelling fans. I strongly recommend it. Please Mr Miranda keep on researching and writing new tittles for our enjoyment.



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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #75 on: June 04, 2017, 12:03:56 pm »
 :)
Pag. 34 drawings here
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« Reply #76 on: June 04, 2017, 12:36:36 pm »
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #79 on: August 05, 2017, 08:52:25 am »
Striking Power: How Cyber, Robots, and Space Weapons Change the Rules for War

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1594038872/ref=pd_luc_rh_wl_02_02_t_img_lh?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
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« Reply #80 on: August 05, 2017, 09:55:42 am »
Jeremy Rabkin is Professor of Law at George Mason University and was, for over two decades, a professor in the Department of Government at Cornell University. Professor Rabkin serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Board of Academic Advisers of the American Enterprise Institute, and the Board of Directors of the Center for Individual Rights.
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« Reply #81 on: August 05, 2017, 10:19:46 am »
Did some research on Mr Rabkin.
A clearly respected academic but only fair to flag that he would be very much on the conservative right-wing side of many debates.
I wouldn't be a fan of his American-exceptionism views or some of his anti-EU comments (doesn't really appear to understand the politics or historic context of the European project).
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« Reply #82 on: August 08, 2017, 09:24:13 am »
Specialty Press has been doing some interesting stuff of late, and this one looks like it could be another fascinating subject:

https://www.amazon.com/Testbeds-Motherships-Parasites-Astonishing-Aircraft/dp/1580072410/

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« Reply #83 on: October 19, 2017, 08:01:29 pm »
Specialty Press has been doing some interesting stuff of late, and this one looks like it could be another fascinating subject:

https://www.amazon.com/Testbeds-Motherships-Parasites-Astonishing-Aircraft/dp/1580072410/

Cover art now available; the book is due mid-January

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« Reply #85 on: December 01, 2017, 03:52:28 am »
:)
Pag. 34 drawings here
At last, I will get this book in a few days. ;)

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« Reply #86 on: December 01, 2017, 04:51:43 am »
:)
Pag. 34 drawings here
At last, I will get this book in a few days. ;)

Looking more closely at the drawing Justo posted here of P 186.01-01, it would appear that the canopy and panel lines differ from those present in the original drawing. Perhaps that big panel at the front would have lifted off as a single piece?
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« Reply #87 on: December 01, 2017, 06:43:20 am »
Ummm.......Anyway thanks alot. :D

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« Reply #88 on: December 01, 2017, 09:43:41 am »
:)
Pag. 34 drawings here
At last, I will get this book in a few days. ;)

Looking more closely at the drawing Justo posted here of P 186.01-01, it would appear that the canopy and panel lines differ from those present in the original drawing. Perhaps that big panel at the front would have lifted off as a single piece?


You are right  :-\

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« Reply #89 on: December 04, 2017, 11:27:53 pm »
I got my copy "AXIS SUICIDE SQUADS GERMAN AND JAPANESE SECRET PROJECTS OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR".
Excellent research and great endeavour as usual. There are many Japanese aircraft in this book. I will enjoy. Thanks a lot Justo-san.
It's a little early Christmas present for me. :D
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« Reply #90 on: February 01, 2018, 11:40:13 am »
Just saw on amazon.de that Tony Buttler "British Secret Projects 3: Fighters 1935-1950" will be released in Dec. 2018!

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« Reply #91 on: February 01, 2018, 03:00:10 pm »
I see where the original volume is being split and volume 4 will be British Secret Projects 4: Bombers 1935-1950.

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« Reply #92 on: February 04, 2018, 08:06:01 pm »
Available in May. Woo!

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« Reply #93 on: February 05, 2018, 04:55:44 am »
I love that book.  I'm surprised it's only got 3-1/2 stars.
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« Reply #94 on: February 05, 2018, 06:48:18 am »
3½ stars is because Amazon made pig's breakfast of the Kindle edition  >:(

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« Reply #95 on: February 05, 2018, 07:31:30 am »
It certainly was due for an update as quite a lot of new projects and data have been unearthed since he wrote the original but I just wish he'd moved the start date back a few years, the move to design/develop new fighters and bombers really dates from around 1931, 1935 is just that bit too late. 

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« Reply #96 on: February 05, 2018, 12:56:53 pm »
I have recently found a number of new forthcoming books:

Her they are with the link to their Amazon page

Soviet strategic bombers by Jason Moore

https://www.amazon.com/Soviet-Strategic-Bombers-Hammer-Sickle/dp/1781555974


British battleships in the Victorian era (by Norman Friedman)

https://www.amazon.com/British-Battleships-Victorian-Norman-Friedman/dp/1682473295/ref=pd_sim_14_9?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1682473295&pd_rd_r=DC8Z14HZSKVEF1PW4XKT&pd_rd_w=F9lMV&pd_rd_wg=3Nc5C&psc=1&refRID=DC8Z14HZSKVEF1PW4XKT

US submarines since 1945 (revised edition) (by Norman Friedman). Apparently compared to the old edition this one includes both information on the most recent submarines and more information on submarines already covered in the old edition.

https://www.amazon.com/U-S-Submarines-Since-1945-Revised/dp/1591145996/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1517695936&sr=8-1&keywords=us+submarines+since+1945&dpID=513aLCNjm4L&preST=_SX218_BO1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

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« Reply #97 on: March 14, 2018, 04:34:50 am »
Next up in Crecy's Famous Russian Aircraft series will be an updated and enlarged edition of an earlier book in the series, by the familiar tag team of Gordon & Komissarov.  This new edition will have 720 pages, and according to Amazon, will be available in December in both the U.K. and U.S.  Note that it also contains the side-by-side Su-34:

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« Reply #98 on: March 18, 2018, 06:05:38 am »
This seems promising...

"The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos" by Christian Davenport

http://amzn.to/2FSFHhA

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« Reply #99 on: May 26, 2018, 05:11:32 pm »
Genius Weapons: Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Weaponry, and the Future of Warfare

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A technology expert describes the ever-increasing role of artificial intelligence in weapons development, the ethical dilemmas these weapons pose, and the potential threat to humanity.

Artificial intelligence is playing an ever-increasing role in military weapon systems. Going beyond the bomb-carrying drones used in the Afghan war, the Pentagon is now in a race with China and Russia to develop "lethal autonomous weapon systems" (LAWS). In this eye-opening overview, a physicist, technology expert, and former Honeywell executive examines the advantages and the potential threats to humanity resulting from the deployment of completely autonomous weapon systems. Stressing the likelihood that these weapons will be available in the coming decades, the author raises key questions about how the world will be impacted.
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« Reply #100 on: May 27, 2018, 10:29:34 am »
I wonder how this will compare to "Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century" by P. W. Singer?

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« Reply #101 on: May 27, 2018, 02:17:48 pm »
Rockets and Ray Guns: The Sci-Fi Science of the Cold War (Science and Fiction)

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The Cold War saw scientists in East and West racing to create amazing new technologies, the like of which the world had never seen. Yet not everyone was taken by surprise. From super-powerful atomic weapons to rockets and space travel, readers of science fiction (SF) had seen it all before.

Sometimes reality lived up to the SF vision, at other times it didn’t. The hydrogen bomb was as terrifyingly destructive as anything in fiction, while real-world lasers didn't come close to the promise of the classic SF ray gun. Nevertheless, when the scientific Cold War culminated in the Strategic Defence Initiative of the 1980s, it was so science-fictional in its aspirations that the media dubbed it “Star Wars”.

Kind of pricey for a 214pg paperback. Also guessing SPF has covered the projects within............
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« Reply #104 on: July 04, 2018, 07:57:39 am »
Just saw this:  B)
https://www.amazon.com/Dornier-335-X-Planes-Robert-Forsyth/dp/1472828895/ref=sr_1_9?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530711082&sr=1-9&keywords=Robert+Forsyth

https://www.amazon.com/Bachem-Ba-349-Natter-X-Planes/dp/1472820096/ref=sr_1_5?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1530711082&sr=1-5&keywords=Robert+Forsyth

I've got the Natter one - it's sort of a stripped back retread of what's in Brett Gooden's 2006 Projekt Natter book. Fewer photos, fewer words, same sort of thing. Sadly it doesn't detail any of the Ba 349's competitors. Disappointing.
Interestingly though, in the book Forsyth says Gooden is busy revising Projekt Natter at this very moment for a new edition.

I imagine that the Do 335 book will be a retread of what's in the (recently revised) Smith/Creek Do 335 book.
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« Reply #105 on: August 27, 2018, 03:38:43 pm »
Osprey has announced the titles in their "X-Planes" series to be released in 2019, though no dates were given.  The four titles are:
  • Northrop Flying Wings (previously announced)
  • Douglas D-558
  • Jet Prototypes of World War II
  • Wright Flyers 1899-1916

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« Reply #106 on: August 28, 2018, 02:36:45 am »
Osprey has announced the titles in their "X-Planes" series to be released in 2019, though no dates were given.  The four titles are:
  • Northrop Flying Wings (previously announced)
  • Douglas D-558
  • Jet Prototypes of World War II
  • Wright Flyers 1899-1916

Jet Prototypes of World War II looks interesting - hopefully as the description says it will focus mainly on the British and Italian designs.

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« Reply #107 on: August 28, 2018, 04:05:48 am »


<----------- This one, publication date 8th Dec 2018 in the UK and one week later in the US
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« Reply #108 on: August 28, 2018, 04:14:03 am »



<----------- This one, publication date 8th Dec 20018 in the UK and one week later in the US

Pre-ordered on Amazon.co.uk. Any chance of a contents list?

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« Reply #109 on: August 28, 2018, 06:04:34 am »
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1  -  Britain, Supermarine and the Schneider Trophy

            Box-out    Jacques Schneider
1913 -  a lacklustre contest
1914 – an unexpected victory
1919 – an opportunity wasted
1920 and 1921 – international indifference
1922 – Italy thwarted
1923 – the stakes are raised
1924 – US sportsmanship
1925 – expectations dashed
1926 – Mussolini fights back
1927 – Supermarine on the ascendant
1929 – The greatest contest that nearly was
Chapter 2 - Supermarine and the high speed aircraft research programme
Supermarine’s Aircraft Design
             Box-out    Reginald Mitchell
   The S5 – the foundation for success
             Box-out    Supermarine’s Design Department
   The S6 – Refining the racing line
   The S6B – the ‘11th-hour’ racer
   The engine development programme
      Napier
      Rolls-Royce
             Box-out    Fuels and Lubricants
  Propellers
       Fairey-Reed
Chapter 3 - Anatomy of the S6B and earlier Supermarine racing seaplanes
    The Supermarine Napier S4
        The Supermarine Napier S5
             Box-out    Construction in metal
        The Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6 and S6B
                     Pilot’s Controls and Instruments
                     Fuel system
                     Oil system
                     Water system
Chapter 4 - Flying the S6B and earlier Supermarine racing seaplanes
                      Box-out    The RAF High Speed Flight
  Taxiing and Take-off run
  Take-off and flight
  Turning and g-load
  Approach and landing
Chapter 5 - Preparing and maintaining the S6B
  Development and servicing
  Preparations for flight
Chapter 6 - The Schneider Trophy Contest of 1931 – a dismal finale
                     Box-out    Lady Houston – the myth surrounding a generous woman
Chapter 7 - Supermarine Schneider Trophy Survivors
Specification - Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B


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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #110 on: August 28, 2018, 06:22:19 am »
Cool - can't wait to get my hands on it!

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« Reply #111 on: August 28, 2018, 07:40:59 am »


<----------- This one, publication date 8th Dec 2018 in the UK and one week later in the US

They picked the right guy to write it!

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« Reply #112 on: September 15, 2018, 01:19:20 pm »
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393064441/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military
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« Reply #113 on: December 03, 2018, 11:51:16 pm »
The Haynes 'manual' for The Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B is now available from all good, and many disreputable, booksellers


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https://haynes.com/en-gb/supermarine-rolls-royce-s6b-manual
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SUPERMARINE-ROLLS-ROYCE-S6B-Haynes-Manuals/dp/1785212265/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534702427&sr=8-3&keywords=s6b
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« Reply #114 on: December 04, 2018, 04:43:16 am »
The Haynes 'manual' for The Supermarine Rolls-Royce S6B is now available from all good, and many disreputable, booksellers


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https://haynes.com/en-gb/supermarine-rolls-royce-s6b-manual
https://www.amazon.co.uk/SUPERMARINE-ROLLS-ROYCE-S6B-Haynes-Manuals/dp/1785212265/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1534702427&sr=8-3&keywords=s6b

Arrived in the post this morning. Only got a quick skim through it over breakfast but it's a beautifully illustrated volume full of lovely photos, diagrams, cutaways and as much detail and history as you could possibly want on the S6B. It's a great Christmas present... for myself!
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Re: Some Future Titles of Interest for SPF Members
« Reply #115 on: December 04, 2018, 02:37:41 pm »
Beauty!

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« Reply #116 on: December 13, 2018, 06:00:29 pm »
I just received a copy of this book.  After a quick browse, it looks pretty good, if brief, as the books in this series are.   

https://ospreypublishing.com/superguns-1854-1991

Contents:
Introduction
The 19th Century: William Armstrong's 'Monster Guns'
World War I: The Paris Gun
World War II German Superguns: Dora and the V-3
Cold War Superguns: US Atomic Cannon and Soviet Oka and Kondensator
Gerard Bull's Superguns: HARP and Project Babylon
Current Developments
Bibliography
Index

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« Reply #117 on: December 21, 2018, 06:20:47 am »
I just received a copy of this book.  After a quick browse, it looks pretty good, if brief, as the books in this series are.   

https://ospreypublishing.com/superguns-1854-1991

Contents:
Introduction
The 19th Century: William Armstrong's 'Monster Guns'
World War I: The Paris Gun
World War II German Superguns: Dora and the V-3
Cold War Superguns: US Atomic Cannon and Soviet Oka and Kondensator
Gerard Bull's Superguns: HARP and Project Babylon
Current Developments
Bibliography
Index

The book only makes passing reference to railroad guns like Dora.  (Osprey already has other books on railroad guns.)  Personally, I was not impressed by the book, and am sending it back.

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« Reply #119 on: January 07, 2019, 11:34:57 pm »
Excellent. Kindle version is also available.