V-1 Flying Bomb 1942–52 Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2012||Title||V-1 Flying Bomb 1942–52|
|Author||Steven J. Zaloga||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||48 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$17.95|
Steven J. Zaloga’s classic OSPRY offering forms the ideal companion to his later German V-Weapon Sites 1943–45 (Fortress 72).
V-1 Flying Bomb 1942–52 outlines the whole history of Fiesler’s FZG 76 (Fi 103) cruise missile – the last major Nazi Vergeltung (“vengeance”) weapon approved and the first to enter service.
After discussing the program’s two-year design and development, Zaloga recaps deployment and operation – including air-launched options and Allied countermeasures. With resources withering, German inter-service rivalries certainly play revealing roles.
The author packs considerable detail into 48 pithy pages. Coverage notes V-1 technical and production upgrades – and concludes with absorbing addenda on U.S. and Soviet variants.
Zaloga’s solid study also contains astute analyses and bibliographic remarks. Informative illustrations, photos, charts, and maps supplement this admirable introduction.