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Weapons of World War II
Weapons of World War II by Alexander Ludeke/Published by Parragon Books Ltd.
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by: Brian Culbertson [ BIGFOOTV ]

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Weapons of World War II by Alexander Ludeke, is published by Parragon Book Ltd. I happened upon this very interesting book quite by chance: it was sitting on a table in my local Costco store! For those that don't know Costco, it's a “big box store” that sells bulk food items, household goods and big items. Books aren’t something they’re know for. But when I opened the book up to take a look inside, I was quite surprised. And for the price of $5.99 USD, I could not pass it up.

the book

The book is a soft-cover, 320 pages, semi-gloss reference book that covers varying armaments used by both the Axis and Allied powers during WWII. The areas covered in this book, which some may call a "Coffee Table" book, range from Pistols to the 75 tonne battle tanks, single engine fighters, bombers, to the heaviest battleships ever to have sailed the seas.

Here are the areas that are covered in this book:

1. Infantry Weapons— This section covers pistols, rifles, light and heavy MGs, mortars, bazookas, and flamethrowers: everything the foot soldier needed.

2. Unarmored Vehicles— This covers Jeeps, trucks, DUKWs, and artillery tractors.

3. Armored Vehicles— Light, medium, and heavy tanks, SP guns, half-tracks, armored cars, and a section on Hobert's Funnies, the specially-modified British tanks intended for amphibious landings. Not surprisingly, it’s the second-largest section in the book.

4. Artillery— AT guns, cannons, howitzers, AAA weapons, and rail guns.

5. SPECIAL WEAPONS— A very interesting period during WWII in weapons development. The A-bomb, Ohka, V-1 and V-2 are contained in this section, along with other "Wonder weapons."

6. Aircraft— The largest section of the book: it covers everything from scout, fighters, fighter-bombers, medium/heavy bombers, the ME-262, Comet, and Salamander.

7. Ships— Battleships, destroyers, PT boats, subs, aircraft carriers, and everything else to start your own navy.

All the information you might want to know about the development and deployment of each type of weapon can be found here, along with the relevant technical specifications. The historically- and technically-precise profiles are brought to life by over 500 photographs and technical drawings.


It must be noted that very little is known about the author of this book. It seems to me that he has done a very outstanding job in compiling all this information into one place. It’s a fine quick reference guide that would make a very good addition to anyone’s library.
Highs: Very well put-together, easy to read and understand. Price can not be beat for the amount of information that is contained. Excellent addition to any library.
Lows: Not much is known of the author or his qualifications. The price maybe higher than $5.99.
Verdict: If you can find this book, I'd highly make it a point to pick it up. No matter what your interest, this book pretty much covers it.
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  Scale: Other
  Mfg. ID: ISBN 978-1-4454-1128-6
  Suggested Retail: $6-9
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  PUBLISHED: Jun 01, 2011
  NATIONALITY: United States

About Brian Culbertson (BigfootV)

Retried Long Haul Truck Driver, currently attending Culinary school in Denver. Construction for 15 yrs., Drummer for 10 yrs. away from work. Married, one child, 20 yr old with Autism. Model builder since 1977. Started with 1/48 aircraft, WW2, lost interest. Toyed around with other scales, then fou...

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I used to love looking through books like this, great coffee table books for sure and nice to have with you when traveling. Thanks for all of the photos Brian, I'll be sure to keep my eyes out for a copy.
JUN 01, 2011 - 11:40 AM
Thanks Jeremy. It reminded me of the old Jane's Defence pocket books I used to look at in my High school library, only bigger. How many remember those books? LOL.
JUN 01, 2011 - 02:32 PM
Thanks for the review Brian, I just ordered this one from Amazon. I find these 'general reference' books very enjoyable, and this one looks pretty good with a wide range of subjects.
JUN 01, 2011 - 03:09 PM
James, Yw. Glad to hear you got one on the way. I'll have to see what it list over there. I'm sure it won't be but maybe 2 dollars more than what I picked mine up for, still a very good deal.
JUN 01, 2011 - 04:41 PM
8 bucks, free shipping with Prime, no tax, couldn't resist for the price
JUN 01, 2011 - 04:47 PM
Indeed, thanks for the heads up James!
JUN 01, 2011 - 06:31 PM
I have revised the pricing on the review to reflect the variability of purchasing.
JUN 02, 2011 - 03:19 AM
Thanks for doing that Bill. I had mentioned that in one of the re-writes.
JUN 02, 2011 - 04:33 AM
My pleasure, Brian. It looks like a winner. Getting James to spend his own money on something is a coup!
JUN 02, 2011 - 10:16 AM

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