• Die Geschichte der Flugplätze im Schwarzwald-Baar-Kreis Ensteh.-Basis der LW im Dritten Reich-Nachkriegsentwickl.

    Documentation about the airfields Villingen, Donaueschingen and Hüfigen – planning, construction, wartime and partial dissolution.
    With the recovery of aviation in the late 30s, three airfields were built in today’s district of Schwarzwald-Baar (in the south-western part of Germany) for a variety of reasons.
    While the airfield Villingen was put into a twilight sleep for financial reasons even before the 2nd World War, the airfields at Hüfingen and Donaueschingen played a dramatic role for a short time during the war due to the occupation of Luftwaffe units (f.E. 2nd Squadron NAGr 13, Geschwaderstab/JG 53, III./JG 76, IV. Gruppe/JG 53), which remained completely unknown to most inhabitants.
    Over the years, the author has been able to ask countless contemporary witnesses and former pilots of the LW about the events and was able to get hitherto unpublished photos and documents that describe the events completely and make them comprehensible.
    Particularly valuable are letters from former pilots, written to the relatives at home, which sensitively describe the tragedy and senseless missions of young pilots and let the reader get very close.

  • Österreichisch-Ungarische Zerstörer im Ersten Weltkrieg

    During World War One the Austro-Hungarian destroyers were almost daily at sea, together with the scout cruisers and torpedo boats, to accomplish various tasks, beginning with the anti-submarine warfare, over mine sweeping and laying, to the attacks on the enemy maritime communications or on the Otranto Barrage vessels. They were used to support A-H seaplanes returning from their missions against the enemy coast as well, to help the machines after an emergency landing on sea, and to tow them back to harbor or to rescue their crews.
    This richly illustrated book describes all A-H destroyers – called torpedo vessels in the A-H parlance – from the first prototypes to the last unrealized projects. The best and most efficient vessels of the Tátra and Ersatz Triglav classes were equal to destroyers of other navies – French, Italian and British – operating in the Adriatic and could compete with stronger enemies too. Older destroyers of the Huszár class were also very active, together with the much older torpedo gunboats or destroyer predecessors built in the late 19th Century. All these ships are described in detail, with building and tactical & technical data in respective tables, together with the operational history of every A-H destroyer from the commissioning to the end of their service.
    With 170 b/w pictures.

  • Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles / Current Types, Ordnance and Operations

    The field of unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs) is rapidly diversifying as an array of light, midsized, and heavy UCAVs and munitions enter the global marketplace. This has the potential to dramatically expand access to armed unmanned platforms and change the way unmanned aerial vehicles are used in combat. The influence of UCAVs on the conduct of war has already been felt in conflicts in the Caucasus, the Middle East and North Africa, where state and non-state actors have fielded a dizzying number of UCAVs from around the world. At the same time, advanced militaries are beginning to equip UCAVs with increasingly sophisticated munitions, some of which are heavier and can fly farther than the types of weapons used by UCAVs in the past.
    In Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles: Aircraft, Ordnance and Operations, a Strategic Handbook from Harpia Publishing, Gettinger presents an essential guide to the world of armed unmanned aircraft. It features profiles of every UCAV currently in active military service or under development, as well as other UAVs that could potentially be armed in the future. By parsing publicly available information and data, Gettinger offers a detailed timeline of the design and use of these armed UAVs. This Strategic Handbook includes, for the first time, a discerning and comprehensive study of UCAV munitions, offering readers a unique perspective into a segment of the UCAV market that portends an expansive combat role for unmanned combat aircraft long into the future.
    149 colour pictures, 135 tables and 2 graphs.