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In times of war, scientists and inventors developing weapons experiment with strange and new ideas. Some of these weapons prove to be war winners, like the atomic bomb or the tank. Others, however, are less successful. The World’s Worst Weapons is an entertaining and informative guide to the guns, tanks, ships and aircraft that proved to be utter failures in battle.

Structured by type of weapon, the book covers the vehicles, small arms, naval vessels and aircraft that many soldiers, sailors or pilots would prefer to forget. Examples include the Soviet dog mines, dogs supposedly trained to run under German tanks which would detonate the explosives on their back, or the Douglas X-3 Stiletto, designed to explore the ‘supersonic flight environment’ but underpowered and incapable of passing the speed of sound.

With a thoroughly researched text complemented by photographs, full-colour artworks and first hand accounts, The World’s Worst Weapons is an excellent guide to the weapons that went badly wrong.

Format: 120 x 161mm (4 3/4 x 61/2")
Extent: 320pp
Illustrations: 300 col photos & a/ws
Text: 35000 words
ISBN: 9781782743644

Author details:

Martin J. Dougherty is the author of The Wars of the Roses, Vikings: A History of the Norse People and Dark History of the Celts. He has also written many books on military technology, such as Weapons & Fighting Techniques of the Medieval World, and contributed to Battles of the Ancient World and Battles of the Medieval World. A former defence consultant, he also writes on self-defence and modern military technology.