I was there through all the buzz bombs [V-1 flying bombs] --the V-1s [Vergeltungswaffe 1], the V-2s
[Vergeltungswaffe 2: long-range ballistic missile] --and the blackouts of course.
I lived with my parents near the receiving end of the few V-2s that landed in Croydon in late 1944.
You can see the sectioned V-2 in the vertical launch position on display in the Imperial War Museum in London.
, the author writes, were "only a terror weapon because they were deficient in reliability, accuracy, destructive capacity, range and numbers.
99), a fascinating look at London both in the final months of war and in the first months of peace, a period as difficult in its way as when the V-1s and V-2s
Between September 8, 1944, and March 27, 1945, the Germans aimed 1,359 V-2s against London; 1,190 of these attempted launches were successful.
Radar would pick up the V-2s once they reached an altitude of 5,000 feet.
, while a terrifying cause of civilian deaths in London and Antwerp, had no military significance.
The British knew firsthand the destructive power of rockets in war as the V-2s
bombarded London; rocket power, as demonstrated by the German V-2s
, was becoming a major new force.
Between June 1944 and March 1945 England saw a new weapon which brought devastation, the V-is and later, V-2s
If Hitler had possessed nuclear-tipped V-2s
in 1945, would he have been deterred?
Von Braun's career continues in the second chapter where we learn that he never intended the V-2s
to be effective weapons -- rather a step toward space exploration.