Engineers of Victory

Engineers of Victory

The Problem Solvers Who Turned the Tide in the Second World War

Book - 2013
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"Engineers of Victory" is a new account of how the tide was turned against the Nazis by the Allies in the Second World War, the focus being on the problem-solvers: Major-General Perry Hobart, who invented the "funny tanks" which flattened the curve on the D-Day beaches; Flight Lieutenant Ronnie Harker "the man who put the Merlin in the Mustang"; and Captain "Johnny" Walker, the convoy captain who worked out how to sink U-boats with a "creeping barrage".
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2013.
ISBN: 9781400067619
Characteristics: xxvi, 436 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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SEBoiko
Oct 08, 2016

Allied forces had their own large share of unimaginative, obstructionist bureaucrats, as well as of visionaries.

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SEBoiko
Oct 08, 2016

In sum, assaults from the sea were a gambler's throw,...

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SEBoiko
Oct 08, 2016

... that smart logistics are the foundations of victory.

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Oct 08, 2016

...: without air power, control of the seas was precarious,...

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SEBoiko
Oct 08, 2016

...; everything hung on command of the seas.

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mammothhawk229e
Jul 11, 2017

Interesting Allied generals gave credit to middle managers to execute their plans & details ,but that U.S.S.R didn't and Russian Federation still haven't.
Cardboard fuel tanks? Ingenious that it couldn't be recycled by the Germans. Now I can't get image of mustang flying with oversized milk cartons out of my head.
Amazing that Germany & Japan put too much focus on fighting prowess & not enough on logistics.
Germany had hard time standardizng part on own & captured vehicles.
Japan didn't much on increasing support crafts or order their submarines with their vaunted torpedoes to sink US support ships.

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patcarstensen
Jun 20, 2016

It would help if he defined "tactical" and "operational," and I would have liked more details on exactly what was the engineered solution. But I very much enjoyed the analysis of what had to come together in the WWII victory.

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