12 Seconds of Silence: How a Team of Inventors, Tinkerers, and Spies Took Down a Nazi Superweapon by Jamie Holmes

Sometimes in warfare it simply doesn’t matter if you have superior numbers, morale, leadership, and courage on your side—if you are up against a new super-weapon you hardly have a hope. A Sumerian with a chariot had a battle-winning weapon; Hannibal had a quite literally elephantine advantage over the Romans when he came down from the Alps; the longbow, the musket, and the bayonet all brought early victories to their inventors when they were first deployed against unsuspecting antagonists.

The excellent 12 Seconds of Silence is about another such world-changing weapon: the proximity fuse. Fortunately, in the Second World War, where it was so desperately needed, it was discovered by the same side that also had superior numbers, morale, and leadership.