FZG 76 Geräte-Handbuch
FZG 76 (V-1 Cruise Missile) Device Handbook
World War II German V-1 Technical Manual for care, assembly, service, and testing
Reprint of the rare April 1944 Edition
A trove of esoteric military missile lore!
Need to repair that old V-1 that’s been rusting away in the back yard, but confused about adjusting the Stromversorgungsund?
Covers the entire missile system, from Anlieferungzugstand to Zelle.
Essential when it’s time to tweak at old Argus-Schmidt pulsejet engine. Has drawings, tables, charts and instructions for working with all parts of the aircraft, from nosetip to tailpipe.
Indispensable if you’ve got parts left over after assembly, or you can’t tell the difference between the upper and lower elevator locking washers.
This rare (and once top-secret) Nazi Luftwaffe manual, published in Berlin, is the one used by those World War troops who assembled, tested, and launched the thousands of V-1 missiles aimed at England in 1944. The V-1, which many know better as the “Buzz Bomb,” was the first production cruise missile, and was prototype for similar experimental jet aircraft built by the U.S. Navy (the “Loon” is the best known of these).
It is in German, of course—a perfect opportunity to brush up on your technical Deutsch, or bring out that Berlitz.
Hey—you won’t find this kind of document at your local Barnes & Noble. This is essential when you’ve got to find the part number for your stoffstange (it’s in the Hohenleitwerk section, under Steuerungsanlage: 103,360-18).
This is an authentic reprint of the original operating manuals and parts list for the German V-1 cruise missile, designated in these documents under the cover code-name “FZG 76.” Actually this is a copy of a copy of the original and complete April 1944 edition, including all seven volumes and the spare parts list.
It was published near the end of World War II, and carries details about then highly-advanced V-1 pulsejet cruise missile being launched against Great Britain. We’ve nothing good to say about the politics, ways, and means of this terrible period, but still this was indeed an important and highly-advanced machine.
The original from which this book was produced even included a few neatly-handwritten notes (sample above). This is a highly-detailed document, loaded with hard-to-find information. Inside you'll find a wealth of practical and technical information for each part of the weapon:
- Ignitioni equipment
- Radio equipment
- Operating directions
- Test directions
- Spare parts list
The entire volume is both an education and an entertaining “read.” Here's a small sampling of the fine illustrations:
The common name “Vergeltungswaffe Eins,” or V-1 ("Vengeance Weapon One") was given to the missile by Josef Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry, but the original Air Ministry designation was Fi 103, after its airframe designer, the Fieseler company. The official name "FZG 76" signifies "Flakzielgerat 76" or flak aiming device type 76, which was the cover name for the V-1 missile.
This was the world's first practical cruise missile. It was actually a small pilotless aircraft, with a wingspan of 4.87 m or 5.30 m (depending upon the model). [A manned suicide-version was also made in small numbers and flight tested, but never actually used.] It employed a gasoline-powered pulse-jet engine that could produce a thrust of about 1,100 pounds. The entire V-1 weighed about 4,900 pounds. To bring the V-1 up to the working speed of the engine, the missile was launched catapulted from a ramp (or sometimes carried into the air by a launch aircraft).
Three simple gyroscopes controlled the course, and the distance travelled was measured by a small propeller screw. At the end of the range, the V-1 engine shut off, and the missile steered itself into a steep dive, detonating just above the ground. Each V-1 carried about 2,000 pounds of explosives, and was capable of causing great damage. But, since the V-1 was unguided, the weapon rarely hit a specific target.
The V-1 had a top speed of about 390 m.p.h. so could be intercepted by fighter aircraft or destroyed by anti-aircraft artillery. Flying at low altitude (2000-3000 ft), its speed just allowed the fastest allied fighters to sometimes intercept it. Tempest fighter planes and the new jet-powered Gloster Meteor shot down many. The distinctive sound of the V-1 pulsejet engine resulted in the vehicle being nicknamed the "buzz bomb" by Allied forces. V-1 test flights began in 1941 over the Peenemunde range, and the missile was originally called the Fieseler Fi-103. More than 32,000 V-1s were built. Some 18,000 V-1s were launched during the war. Tests conducted at Peenemunde in 1943 demonstrated that a modified He 111 bomber could carry and launch a V-1. About 20 He 111H-6, He 111H-16, and He 111H-21 were modified to carry the V-1 underwing, and were redesignated He 111H-22.
London was hit by 2,419 of these "buzz bombs," Antwerp by another 2,448. The British reported that 6,139 people were killed as a direct result of V-1 attacks--about three times the number that were killed by the V-2. Allied reports also indicated that about 5,000 V-1 missiles were launched toward Antwerp, Belgium which was captured from German forces by British and Canadian troops in September, 1944. Antwerp became a major staging area for Allied forces and thus became a popular target for the V-weapons.
We offer this rare digital reprint printed on high-quality, bright-white, acid-free paper for years of reference use. It’s is an attractive, quality-bound volume--a jewel of a book. It has 234 pages and measures 8.5 x 5.5-inches. ISBN 1-878628-NEW $19.95
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