The Origins of Surface-to-Air Guided Missile Technology

German Flak Rockets and the Onset of the Cold War

James Mills

How German Surface-to-Air Missile technology captured by the Western Allies influenced Cold War technology.
Date Published :
October 2022
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B/w and color illustrations
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781636242774
Pages : 240
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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World War II saw the appearance of numerous revolutionary armaments on both sides of the conflict that would radically change the nature of warfare, from jet aircraft to the ballistic missile and the atomic bomb. The greatest conflagration in history also saw the conception of the first surface-to-air guided missile systems, technology pioneered by German scientists and engineers through an extensive development program which ran from 1942 to 1945. Although the program did not achieve its main objective – to introduce a functional weapon system into the Luftwaffe air defense network – German research and development in most aspects of the technology was ahead of comparable research in the United Kingdom and the United States.

The history of the transfer of German SAM technology to the Allies after 1945 has previously been overshadowed by the well-published transfers of the V-1 and V-2 guided missiles. This book presents the first complete history of Germany’s wartime development of surface-to-air missile (SAM) technology, how the Allies acquired this secret research towards the end of World War II in Europe and in the early postwar period, and how they then exploited this knowledge.

About The Author

Dr James Mills is a historian who specializes in twentieth-century history. He has published a number of articles on the transfer of scientific and technical knowledge from Germany to the Allies after World War II.


Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: German Flak-Rakete research and development during World War II
Chapter 3: British and American SAM research and development up to 1945
Chapter 4: Anglo-American investigations of intelligence targets linked to the German SAM programme
Chapter 5: The transfer of German SAM technology to the United States after 1945
Chapter 6: The transfer of German SAM technology to the British Commonwealth after 1945
Chapter 7: French liaisons with the Anglo-Americans and the transfer of German SAM technology to France after 1945
Chapter 8: Conclusion

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