Engineers of Victory
Author: Paul Kennedy
Kennedy, P. (2013). Engineers Of Victory: the Problem Solvers Who Turned The Tide In The
Second World War. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Paul Kennedy did not write this book to explain the history of World War 2. In this book the author explains five major challenges the Allied powers had to overcome to win the war. Even thou these challenges were separate, they were all interconnected. Doctor Kennedy explains how the combinations of many events lead to a victory in the Second World War.
This book consisted of five large chapters. Each chapter was about a small group of people who played a significant role in the victory of World War 2. ...view middle of the document...
Thanks to better fuel efficiency the ability to carry more fuel, bomber airplanes were able to stay and protect the convoys along the way. In the spring of 1940, in the labs of Mark Oliphant at Birmingham University, junior scientists Harry Boot and John Randall were able to invent the centimetric radar. Ships using this device were able to find very small boats without needing any visibility. The Hedgehog was a multi-headed grenade launcher that fired many grenades at once, from the front of the ship. They greatly reduced the time it took to fire and increased the chances of hitting the enemy’s ship. Since aircraft is a lot faster than U-boats, when the Allies started adding more aircraft carriers to their convoys in the ocean, U-boats became less of a threat.
Air supremacy in Europe came from an interconnection of the operational, technical, and tactical combination. The emergence of the P-51 fighter plane was one of the reasons Allies were able to take control of the air. Due to the invention of drop tanks, P-51 pilots now had a combat radius of 750 miles, which was twice the range of the Spitfire. With planes that can complete missions that are further away, the Allies were able to bomb railroads and bridges in Western Europe in preparations for the D-Day landing.
After the invention of many new weapons such as Paks and Mines the Allies were finally able to stop a Blitzkrieg. Antitank rifles took away one of the most important parts of the Blitzkrieg, which were the tanks. Since the Allies gained control of the...