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German Guided Missiles of World War II

Fritz-X to Wasserfall and X4

Steven J. Zaloga Jim Laurier



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03 December 2019
History; Military history; Second World War; Warfare & defence
Series: New Vanguard
Although not as well-known as the V-1 buzz bomb and the V-2 missile, the first German missiles to see combat were anti-ship missiles, the Henschel Hs.293 guided missile and the Fritz-X guided bomb. These began to see extensive combat in the Mediterranean in 1943. In their most famous use, the Italian battleship Roma was sunk by a Fritz-X attack in September 1943 when Italy attempted to switch sides. The serious threat posed by these missiles led to a vigorous but little known 'Wizard War' by the Allies to develop electronic counter-measures, the first effort of its kind.

Besides the anti-ship missiles, the other major category of German missiles were the air-defence missiles. Germany suffered extremely heavy losses from Allied strategic bombing attacks, and German fighter and flak defences proved increasingly unsuccessful. As a result, the Luftwaffe began an extensive programme to deploy several families of new air defence missiles to counter the bomber threat, including the Wasserfall, Schmetterling, and others. This book traces the origins of these missile programmes and examines their development and use in combat. With full-colour illustrations and detailed explorations of the stories behind the missiles, this study offers a comprehensive overview of German guided missiles in the World War II era.
By:   Steven J. Zaloga
Illustrated by:   Jim Laurier
Imprint:   Osprey
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Volume:   276
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 184mm, 
Weight:   176g
ISBN:   9781472831798
ISBN 10:   1472831799
Series:   New Vanguard
Pages:   48
Publication Date:   03 December 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over three decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union. He lives in Maryland, USA. Jim Laurier attended Paier School of Art in Hamden, Connecticut, from 1974-78, and since graduating with Honours, he has been working professionally in the field of Fine Art and Illustration. He has been commissioned to paint for the US Air Force and has aviation paintings on permanent display at the Pentagon. He is a native of New England and lives in New Hampshire.

Reviews for German Guided Missiles of World War II: Fritz-X to Wasserfall and X4

Highly recommended. This part of the Luftwaffe's offense and defense later in the war has not been thoroughly covered before, and this book brings a lot of great information to the reader. - IMPS / USA Reviews

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