Defending Against The Doodlebug: Revenge Weapons Of WWII
The V weapons were used towards the end of World War Two with such terrifying and devastating effect that the attacks on London became known...
The V weapons were used towards the end of World War Two with such terrifying and devastating effect that the attacks on London became known as the second Blitz.
Nazi Germany was desperate to turn the tide of the war and thus the propaganda machine hailed these rockets as 'wonder weapons' (Wunderwaffe) that may give them the upper hand through advanced technology.
The first V2 hit London on 8 September 1944. A streamlined rocket which stood as tall as a four-storey building, the V2 was highly advanced technology.
Powered by a rocket engine burning a mix of alcohol-water and liquid oxygen, the V2 blasted its way to the edge of space, before falling back to Earth at supersonic speed.
The V-weapons inflicted immense suffering in Britain, causing over 30,000 civilian casualties and left hundreds of thousands homeless.The ruined flats of Hughes Mansions, on Vallance Road in East London, following the explosion of a V2 rocket on the day of the last V2 strike on 27 March 1945.
The V2 rocket in this photograph, which was taken on 10 April 1945, is marked with the words 'nach England' ('to England') and had been loaded onto a railway truck at Leese, Germany, in preparation for transport to the launch site.