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World’s Worst Weapons

Martin J. Dougherty

In times of war, scientists and inventors developing weapons experiment with strange new ideas–and sometimes, things don’t work out well. Structured by weapon type, this entertaining and informative guide looks at the guns, tanks, ships, and aircraft that utterly failed... Read moreRead less

In times of war, scientists and inventors developing weapons experiment with strange new ideas–and sometimes, things don’t work out well. Structured by weapon type, this entertaining and informative guide looks at the guns, tanks, ships, and aircraft that utterly failed in battle. They range from the early version of the M16 assault rifle, which broke down regularly in Vietnam, to the Douglas X-3 Stiletto, designed to explore the “supersonic flight environment,” but incapable of passing the speed of sound. A thoroughly researched text includes technical specifications and firsthand accounts by users, complemented by rare photographs and full-color illustrations.

Format: 120 x 161mm
Extent: 320pp
Word count: 35,000
Illustrations: 300 col a/ws & b/w photos
ISBN: 978-1-78274-364-4

Martin J. Dougherty

Martin J. Dougherty is the author of Vikings: A History of the Norse People, The Wars of the Roses, The Ancient Warrior and Celts, among many other books. A former defence consultant, he also writes on personal self-defence and modern military technology.

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