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.
JOHN MURRAY has republished Maureen Waller's London 1945: Life in the Debris of War ([pounds sterling]9.99), 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.
, while a terrifying cause of civilian deaths in London and Antwerp, had no military significance.
On September 7, 1944, such missiles, called V-2s
, with the V standing for vergeltung (vengeance), were first fired at London.
If Hitler had possessed nuclear-tipped V-2s
in 1945, would he have been deterred?
300) from Germany's Gotha bomber of the First World War to today's stealth aircraft, and from Germany's V-2
rockets of the Second World War to today's four-stage Peacekeeper.
At the close of the war, the scientists who had built and launched Nazi Germany's V-2
ballistic missiles immigrated to the Soviet Union and the United States.
Our final new title relating to the war comes from ROBSON BOOKS: Peter Haining's The Flying Bomb War: Contemporary Eyewitness Accounts of the German V-1 a nd V-2
Raids on Britain ([pounds]16.95).
From the German rocket clubs, Willie Ley and Wernher von Braun emerged as theorists and designers included in the group at Peenemunde that created the V-2