From dust jacket notes: "The Second World War produced a profusion of formidable weapons which have left their mark on the twentieth century. Some, like the Supermarine Spitfire, saved nations; others, like the atomic bomb, destroyed them. There were weapons like Italy's human torpedoes which were associated with exploits of almost unbelievable daring; there were weapons like the German '88' which spectacularly altered the course of campaigns; and there were weapons like the Garand rifle, which, through sheer ubiquity, had a tremendous effect on the outcome of the war. Great Weapons of World War II describes the most famous of these weapons in terms of their historical roles and impact. Over 300 planes, ships, tanks, small arms and artillery weapons are illustrated in this handsome edition. Nearly 100 are discussed in detail...."