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V-1 Flying Bomb 1942–52

V-1 Flying Bomb 1942–52 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review June 2012 Title V-1 Flying Bomb 1942–52
Author Steven J. Zaloga Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2005 ISBN 978-1841767918
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.