V-2 Ballistic Missile 1942–52 (New Vanguard) (Paperback)
The German A-4 ballistic missile, better known by its propaganda name of V-2, was the world's first successful ballistic missile, breaking through the atmosphere to reach its target quicker. It was a forerunner of Cold War ballistic missiles and its combat use in 1944-45 set the pattern for the use of Scud ballistic missiles in recent decades. The V-2 offensive lasted from September 1944 until March 1945 with over 3,000 rockets being launched. This book examines the combat record of the V-2 in World War II, with a special focus on how a German missile battalion actually prepared and fired its missiles.
Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in history from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He is a senior analyst with Teal Group Corp. and editor of their publication World Missiles Briefing, an industry trade publication on current developments in missile technology and production. He also serves as adjunct staff with the Strategy, Forces, and Resources Division of the Institute for Defense Analyses. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history.
“The design and operational history presented by Mr. Zaloga is great reading and well presented. The numerous pictures and drawings compliment the text well. Anyone interested in WWII history will enjoy reading this book. Recommended.” —Bryan Dewberry, Armorama (December 2003)