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Professor Porsche's Wars (Paperback)

The Secret Life of Ferdinand Porsche, the Legendary Engineer Who Armed Two Belligerents Through Four Decades

Military > Biographies > Military Biographies WWI WWII

By Karl Ludvigsen
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 296
Illustrations: 250 black and white images
ISBN: 9781526726797
Published: 8th May 2018
Last Released: 30th June 2023



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Regarded as one of the great automotive engineers of the twentieth century, Ferdinand Porsche is well remembered today for his remarkable automotive designs including the Volkswagen Beetle and Auto Union Grand Prix cars. Yet there is another side to his extraordinary career, for he was an equally inventive designer of military vehicles and machinery. In this field too he excelled. Indeed the sheer versatility of his contribution is astonishing. Karl Ludvigsen’s study is the definitive guide.

Karl Ludvigsen tells the complete story, detailing Porsche’s relations with the Third Reich and the stream of advanced designs for which he was responsible. Among them were the Kübelwagen, the Schwimmwagen, the Type 100 Leopard tank, the controversial Ferdinand tank destroyer and the colossal Type 205 ‘Maus’ tank. He also describes Porsche’s creative work on aero engines, tank engines and even his company’s manufacture of the V-1 flying bomb, for which he designed a turbojet engine.

This must-read, richly illustrated and informative book offers excellent value for money.

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4 Legend

A very readable, well-illustrated and detailed account of this influential man's life.

IPMS Magazine September - October 2018

This is a must-read book that will appeal not only to military history and technology enthusiasts, but also to aviation and automotive enthusiasts. Excellent value for money and highly informative.


The author has spent many years working on the life of Porsche, and this is a book that concentrates on his military based projects. The engineering expertise and sheer variety is eye-opening. Easily one to recommend.

Read the complete review online here.

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