Warriors and Wizards by Martin J. Bollinger
The Development and Defeat of Radio-Controlled Glide Bombs of the Third Reich

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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.

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Published January 15, 2011 by Naval Institute Press. 318 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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This heretofore little-known story of air-delivered, radio-controlled missiles versus naval ships in World War II is a precursor to naval war in the 21st century from which lessons can be learned.

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