Engineers of Victory

Engineers of Victory

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

Book - 2013 | 1st ed.
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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.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781400067619
1400067618
Branch Call Number: 940.54 KENNE
Characteristics: xxvi, 436 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., maps ; 25 cm.

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Chiefs1970
Aug 12, 2019

I thought this book was just about engineering feats, such as the famous General Percy Hobart ,who was known for using his engineering skills to create a usable mine-clearing tank. However the author through his research of current and past historians provides concrete examples for the most part of decisions made during World War i I that benefited the Allied cause and may have lead to a shorter conflict. Good history book that the Tulsa Library purchased.

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phillamb1991
Mar 30, 2019

This is a superb look at the many factors of victory in World War II. I liked it so much that I went out and bought my own copy of it ... plus the Audible edition.
The writer's key point is that there wasn't any one thing that was key to victory. But equally important, all of these developments and innovations contributed a big part, and without one of them the war would have been much longer and costlier.
My two favorite parts are the Atlantic convoy war (I'm fascinated with the Flower-class corvette) and the story of the P-51 Mustang. That plane, the best prop fighter of the war, was almost abandoned until a test pilot realized that its lack of power could be solved with the Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 engine, which he knew could fit in the nose without modification. Over the objections of the AAF, this British-American hybrid became the great fighter that helped destroy the Luftwaffe.
Excellent read.

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Belfry777
Aug 24, 2018

"Engineers of Victory," was interesting. In every chapter he stressed the importance that no one tech or general won the war, they all helped each other and in other ways heart themselves. Yet the author I thought could have moved a bit faster over the particular subjects in each chapter.

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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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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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SEBoiko
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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