Enemy at the Gates: Panic Fighters of the Second World War

Author(s): Justo Miranda 

ISBN: 9781781557662
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A previously unpublished compilation of emergency fighters developed during the Second World War.
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  • Includes 100 previously unknown fighters of the Second World War

  • Panic fighters: the dark side of aerial defence

  • Presents a historical framework and performance details for each project

  • Profusely illustrated with technical drawings and gives exhaustive coverage on different models and variants

  • Written by the best-selling author of The Ultimate Piston Fighters of the Luftwaffe, The Ultimate Flying Wings of the Luftwaffe and Axis Suicide Squads: German and Japanese Secret Projects of the Second World War 

When the Nazis threatened the world with war, European governments were concerned with the overwhelming reaction of terror that the expected Luftwaffe bombing would bring.

Before hostilities, European territories were defended by outdated biplanes and a small number of modern monoplane fighters, including fifty Hurricanes, twenty Morane-405s and five Fokker D.XXIs. France and Great Britain took up production of American aircraft and cancelled exports to small countries who were forced to design and build their own ‘panic fighters’ with the intelligence and skill that desperation provides.

When nothing seemed able to contain the German advance, France, Great Britain and the USSR developed several programmes of emergency fighters as did Australia to face the Japanese expansion. However, the course of war switched: Axis powers had to create their own panic fighters, some of them suicidal.

Enemy at the Gates: Panic Fighters of the Second World War includes several last designs of fighters that are practically unknown and were developed in times of tribulation by the victors.

BOOK ISBN 9781781557662
FORMAT 248 x 172 mm
BINDING Hardback
PAGES 288 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 05 December 2019
ILLUSTRATIONS 149 back-and-white scale drawings



Justo Miranda is the author of books and monographs on aviation since the 1980s. A widely known historian, Miranda specialises in aviation of the 1930s and is the author of two volumes on aircraft used during the Spanish Civil War. The exciting discovery of a microfilm on secret German weapons in the early 1990s drove him to publish Secret Wonder Weapons of the Third Reich, later published by Schiffer in 1996. Since then, Miranda has published Reichdreams and monographs on little known airplane projects.