Hitler’s V-Weapons – An Official History compiled by John Grehan and published by Frontline Books – £25.00 – Hardback – Pages 328.
For a number of years Britain faced the dreaded V1 and V2 rockets were a large range rocket system devised by Nazi Germany to bring terror and fear upon the British population. This book is mainly written by the Air ministry, and focuses on the individual rocket plans, what they predicted Germany would do with them but also how the country would deal them. When you take the book as a whole it is very nervy and at the time would be seen as scary, and when you think about it, these weapons were a very scary prospect in that there was little control in where they were sent or where they could have landed. We shouldn’t forget that these were an upgrade on anything else Germany had produced before, and this was one of Hitler’s last throw of the dice.
This book is written by the Air Ministry of the time, so it is very much a formal and seriously written work, I would say that this might turn a few people off it, but I thoroughly enjoyed it as it’s written very much of its time. It was good to see from the various detailed reports and accounts and how they were being taken so seriously. The book has been put together very well by John Grehan, who I know is an authority and published author on these particular subjects. When you think of the amount of reading and work he must have had to read he has done an impressive job. At the back of the book there is a fantastic notes and sources section, certainly the best one that I have seen for a while. This was a thoroughly enjoyable book to read, and I understand some might find it a little dry or formal I would still happily recommend it to others.