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Hitler's Rocket Soldiers: The Men Who Fired the V2s Against England Hardcover – Import, 15 Mar 2011


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All in all I found this a marvellous book to read, and one which gives a fascinating insight to these soldiers. The two authors have done an excellent job in not only finding those prepared to talk about their experiences after all these years, but also to put it together in such a readable book. For anyone with an interest in the V weapons of WW2 I heartily recommend this one. --www.militarymodelling.com, October 2011

There has always been a degree of ambivalence surrounding the German rocket programme. Was it an exciting technological development, the legacy of which has benefited mankind, or was it a last ditch effort to save a desperate regime whose scarce resources would have been better employed producing more conventional weapons? --Britian at War Magazine, December 2011

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Michael Keuer was born in 1959 in Hannover, Germany and is a senior software developer in a veterinarian pharmaceutical supply company. He has always had a keen interest in historical technical developments and the personalities behind scientific advancement. Following the reunification of Germany, he was able to visit the previously restricted area of Peenemunde to see the remains of the development works from where the V-2 rocket was created and launched. During World War Two his grandfather worked as a technical skilled worker at Peenemunde and indeed Michael's father was born just 32 kilometres away from the cradle of modern space science. As his interest grew, he met Murray Barber and the two decided to research the reminiscences of the last few remaining men involved in the military development and employment of this extraordinary weapon of war. Murray R. Barber F.R.A.S., was born in 1956 and is married with two children. He lives in Devon, England where he pursues several business interests that are related to astronomy. He has developed and written curriculum support information for the teaching of astronomy and also on the history of ancient Egypt that is in use in planetariums worldwide. Since his schooldays he has always been interested in the history of World War Two and in particular its aviation. The V-2 rocket represents a crossover of his two main interests - the wartime V-2 being the very first man-made object to enter space and which was to lead, ultimately, to vehicles travelling beyond Pluto. Through the International V-2 Research Group he met Michael Keuer and, following visits to see the remains of the Peenemunde research and development establishment on the Baltic coast, they decided to research, together, the history of the V-2 rocket. It was to fill the void of first-hand accounts of the operational use of the weapon, that the idea for this book was born. Murray R. Barber is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tattered Flag Press (15 March 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955597757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955597756
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 23.3 cm
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