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Old 22nd October 2020, 23:09
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Re: The Secret Horsepower Race, Book Info.

Kollmann was never chief designer at Daimler-Benz, he was a sub-department head in the department of Ing. Friedrich.

Visits to the Daimler-Benz archive in Stuttgart and the Deutsches Museum in Munich would have been more important for history than IWM or Kew - in my humble opinion.

I look forward to his research on Jumo Motors.
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Old 22nd October 2020, 23:51
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Re: The Secret Horsepower Race, Book Info.

From the author's site:

"I have spent five years travelling all over the world to secure original documents from the Second World War and the 1930`s, to write a book about piston engine development “in their own words”.

"Two thirds of the materials in the book is quotes from original letters, memos and technical reports, many of which have never been seen before, and hundreds of primary archival sources are referenced.
Archives I have used to research this book include:
  • Bundesarchiv Militärarchiv – Freiburg, Germany
  • Daimler-AG, Corporate Archives, Germany
  • Farnborough Air Sciences Trust, Farnborough, UK
  • Institute of Mechanical Engineers, London, UK
  • Imperial War Museum, UK
  • NASA – Langley Research Centre, Virginia
  • MAHLE Powertrain
  • RAF Historical Branch, UK
  • Ricardo, Shoreham, UK
  • Rolls-Royce, Derby, UK
  • Technikmuseum Hugo Junkers, Dessau, Germany
  • The National Air and Space Museum – Washington DC
  • The National Archives – Washington DC
  • The National Archives – London, UK"
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Old 24th October 2020, 12:13
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Re: The Secret Horsepower Race, Book Info.

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Jukka,

I understand why you are skeptical. Here is a quote from the author's site:
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I am not skeptical about this book (already ordered). I meant that often authors claim that in-depth technical documents do not exist and thus technically in-depth monographs especially on German aircraft are supposedle impossible to write and thus aircraft monographs have become combat chronicles.
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Old 24th October 2020, 19:45
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Re: The Secret Horsepower Race, Book Info.

Jukka,

No one can know everything. I have been researching on different sites, including those that offer documents that were supposedly destroyed. And sometimes, people are told that this or that does not exist so they do not look. Other times, researchers are prevented from getting certain documents because they do not know the file name or some other detail.

It would be good if we all had comparable levels of knowledge but that is often not the case. Recently, a book about a German tank from World War One was released with new photos and corrected information.

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Ed
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Old 24th October 2020, 20:46
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Kollmann was never chief designer at Daimler-Benz, he was a sub-department head in the department of Ing. Friedrich.

Visits to the Daimler-Benz archive in Stuttgart and the Deutsches Museum in Munich would have been more important for history than IWM or Kew - in my humble opinion.

I look forward to his research on Jumo Motors.
Had you actually read what Calum Douglas has written about his research you would have known that he has used DB archives extensively.

As for Jumo Motors research, where one can read yours in a human language (=English or Finnish; only a sadist can come up with a language structured like German)?
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Old 26th October 2020, 20:55
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Interesting article in the newest "Iron Cross" magazine,"Merlin V. DB 601A"

It compares both engines, the author concludes that the DB 601 was the better strategic engine in 1940 by its thoroughness, precision and economy of design.
I bought the mag to see what that article is like, I doubt I will buy any more editions.
Worth noting that for the price of just 3 mags, you can buy The Secret Horsepower Race book.

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Old 27th October 2020, 11:05
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I bought the mag to see what that article is like, I doubt I will buy any more editions.
Worth noting that for the price of just 3 mags, you can buy The Secret Horsepower Race book.
What is the issue? The Secret Horsepower Race book already covers the subject and the other articles aren't interesting?

Anyway my pre-order of the book is on its way.
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Old 27th October 2020, 23:04
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Re: The Secret Horsepower Race, Book Info.

If anyone wants to discuss the merits of Iron Cross magazine there’s already a thread under Books and Magazines.

If anyone thinks a thread’s going off topic, contact John Beaman or me rather than starting an argument.
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Old 4th November 2020, 13:26
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Re: The Secret Horsepower Race, Book Info.

Any reviews of the book yet??
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Old 4th November 2020, 19:15
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Not that I've seen. Meanwhile, the author has announced that the book is going in for reprint. So, a good sign.
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