A well researched and comprehensive review of Ferdinand Porsche’s work in designing and producing vehicles and engines for German aggression. The work of Porsche in building for the German war machine is a long story from the second and third German attempts to lead a conquered Europe. – Much Recommended.
NAME: Professor Porsche's Wars, The Secret Life of Ferdinand Porsche, The Legendary Engineer Who Armed Two Belligerents Through Four Decades FILE: R2717 AUTHOR: Karl Ludvigson PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword BINDING: soft back PAGES: 286 PRICE: £16.99 GENRE: Non Fiction SUBJECT: WWI, World War One, First World War, World War 1, The Great War, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, WW2, World War Two, Cold War, German munitions, German vehicles, German rocket UAVs, V1
IMAGE: B2717.jpg BUYNOW: http://tinyurl.com/y8owt95w LINKS: DESCRIPTION: A well researched and comprehensive review of Ferdinand Porsche's work in designing and producing vehicles and engines for German aggression. The work of Porsche in building for the German war machine is a long story from the second and third German attempts to lead a conquered Europe. – Much Recommended. Ferdinand Porsche was an internationally recognized engineer who developed weapons from before the outbreak of WWI to the Cold War. He was a prolific engineer who has rarely been considered across his work. Most people know him for a narrow part of his work, most commonly for the VW 'Beatle' car and for his super heavy tanks, during the period of Nazi rule. His work was so much more than that. This work is lavishly illustrated through the body of text and many images are rare or never before reproduced in a publication offered for sale to the public. The author has concentrated on Porsche's work in developing munitions, military vehicles, engines for boats, land vehicles and planes. At the start of his career he was a patriotic German, turning his hand to military equipment. He worked at the front of engineering development and the scope of his work was impressive. He ended during the Cold War, creating the Leopard tank that equipped the West Germany Army and was successful in export to other countries, becoming an important part of the NATO armour ranged against Soviet attack. His most productive period was during the Nazi era and that may not have damaged his engineering reputation but it did damage his personal reputation, including his use of slave labour. The author has covered the three periods of his working life with detail with a compelling account of an engineering genius with a prolific output. Even those who might have felt they knew all about Porsche will find something here that they did not know, probably many different things. His reputation as an automotive engineer is firmly based on the 'Beatle' and its military derivatives, the Kubel Wagon and the Schwimmwagen. However, his work on automotive design began before WWI and he was an early pioneer of armoured vehicles. During the Nazi period he became popular with Hitler because he developed and delivered what he was asked to, generally with great reliability. In some cases he turned a Nazi specification into something that would work. In the marine field, he worked on S-Boot design for the German Navy, assault craft, and associated equipment for the army. His company produced parts for aircraft, notably for the Ju-88, and he was closely involved in the V-1 cruise missile development and production. His Tiger tank was a formidable contribution to German land forces, even though his involvement in armoured vehicles is perhaps most noted for the Elephant and Maus super-tanks which were Hitler's ideal of a huge heavily armoured tank that was impractical, not least because of the difficulties in moving such heavy vehicles across European bridges, narrow roads and by rail. This is a must-read book that will appeal not only to military history and technology enthusiasts, but also to aviation and automotive enthusiasts. Excellent value for money and highly informative.