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The Development and Defeat of Radio-Controlled Glide Bombs of the Third Reich
  • ISBN/SKU: 9781591140672
  • Binding: Hardcover & eBook
  • Era: WWII
  • Number of Pages: 320
  • Subject: History
  • Date Available: October 2010
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In August 1943 the Luftwaffe began using radio-controlled anti-ship glide bombs, and within weeks they had sunk one battleship, crippled another, wrecked two cruisers, and destroyed numerous merchant ships. Yet a year later the Germans abandoned their use, defeated in part by electronic systems to jam the radio links that guided the bombs. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Martin Bollinger examines what happened from both a historical and technological perspective and lays out a mission-by-mission analysis of effectiveness. Based on interviews with participants, intelligence documents, and archival records in four countries, his book chronicles the yearlong battle between Allied seamen and Luftwaffe airmen (the warriors) and German and Allied scientists (the wizards) for a story of courage, technical achievement, and sacrifice.

Martin J. Bollinger has been a management consultant in the aerospace and defense industry for twenty-five years. A resident of Great Falls, VA, he is also the author of Stalin's Slave Ships.

Praise for Warriors and Wizards:

“The book is well researched with much new material, including from US reports which were not declassified until the author requested them. The book is well written and thorough, with much background detail, eye-witness accounts, etc. It is likely to become the standard reference work on this subject.”

The Aerospace Professional, January 2012

“Bollinger has undertaken a herculean task, and has succeeded admirably in weaving together a complex narrative of the first use of guided air-to-surface ordnance. This book is an important addition to our understanding of the naval and scientific wars. The book deftly replaces myths and legends about glide bombs with a carefully researched narrative. I can highly recommend this book to all those interested in the history of the Second World War.”

International Journal of Maritime History, December 2011

“Without question, this is an exceptional work. It transcends many aspects of warfare. Without bogging down in electrical engineering, it deals succinctly with technical issues and draws some interesting conclusions regarding use of jamming equipment. The role of intelligence whether technical or operational, receives its due.”

Air Power History, Winter 2011

“A very readable and thorough treatment of the story from both the German and  Allied perspectives….A rewarding examination of how glider bombs are developed and employed by the Germans and how the Allies quickly developed countermeasures. Based on thorough research and eyewitness accounts, Warriors and Wizards provides complete coverage of a little known subject.”

— The Northern Mariner, April 2011

“Bollinger has written what must be considered the definitive book on this topic.”

Warships International Fleet Review, September 2011

“…Meticulously researched book…An interesting and largely unknown story, appealing to naval, air force and radio buffs.”

Starshell, Summer 2011

“Well researched and very detailed, it introduces the reader to the birth not only of guided missiles, but of signal intelligence and electronic countermeasures. . . . A very interesting book, definitely to be recommended.”

WARSHIP 2011’s “Naval Books of the Year”

“What can the story of the battle between the German developers of WW II's deadly radio-controlled glide bombs and the allies' science wizards tell us about how to defeat improvised explosive devices (IED's) and Chinese carrier-killing missiles today?  In Bollinger's talented hands that fascinating history teaches us a very great deal.”

—R. James Woolsey, former Director of Central Intelligence

“Fascinating, deeply researched, and very well-told.  Warriors and Wizards is an illuminating tale of science and war, desperation and ingenuity.”

—Rick Atkinson, author of An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle

“Full of new material and illuminating details from both sides. A well written and convincing account of German and Allied scientists fighting for control of the electromagnetic spectrum.”

—Ulf Balke, Luftwaffe expert and author of Der Luftkrieg in Europa

“This definitive work on the struggle to defeat German glide bombs in WWII is a fascinating read.  Martin Bollinger's painstaking research and eye for telling detail breathe life into a highly specialized and remote topic of warfare and make the story utterly absorbing and thoroughly compelling.  I commend the book to anyone with an interest in the technological dimension and its challenges, scientific and human, that underpin past and present warfare practice.”

—Adm. Sir Ian Forbes, Royal Navy (Ret.),Former NATO Supreme Allied Commander

“Martin Bollinger in Warriors and Wizards has produced the definitive work on German guided bombs of World War II, the first guided weapons other than torpedoes to sink warships.  His comprehensive research is matched by his excellent writing style.”

—Norman Polmar, author of Ship Killer: A History of the American Torpedo

"Bollinger's detailed analysis of the effectiveness and cost of the German glide bomb offensive is impressive . . . .A highly readable and definitive record."

The Journal of Military History, April 2011

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