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British divers have fished out a V2 rocket

In the area of the port of Harwich, near Ipswich in the county of Essex, the remains of Hitler’s ‘wunderwaffe’ – the first V2 battle rocket – were found. This was a weapon that Hitler had much promise of, especially in terms of defeating England, as there was no way to defend against the V2.
Published: April 3, 2012 - 09:23
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 05:57
British divers have fished out a V2 rocket

In the area of the port of Harwich, near Ipswich in the county of Essex, the remains of Hitler’s ‘wunderwaffe’ – the first V2 battle rocket – were found. This was a weapon that Hitler had much promise of, especially in terms of defeating England, as there was no way to defend against the V2.

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The Royal Navy’s sappers, based in Portsmouth, had the rare opportunity to see with their own eyes the infamous missile that was a flash of genius from the German engineers. The soldiers, sceptical, were surprised to discover that they were actually dealing with a V2. What’s more, local fishermen claim to have known about the existence of the missile decades ago! Its location (100m from shore) and shallow depth, made it a great place to moor a boat…

The bomb disposal unit that was called in took a more cautious approach. This is what happens when you know that a 14-metre-high ballistic missile with a very high explosive charge may be hidden in the mud beneath the surface.

On Sunday, the missile nozzle was removed from the water. Now the search for the rest of the V2 begins. Royal Navy divers, intend to carefully penetrate the bottom and get rid of possible remnants of unexploded ordnance, which the missile deserves to be called, not only because of this particular piece.

This was a weapon with which enormous hopes were pinned and for which considerable resources were spent, but which, in the end, proved to be of no effectiveness. The greatest winners of World War II – the USSR and the USA – benefited from the work of German scientists. The latter country captured the project leader, Werner von Braun, who later proved to be the father of NASA’s greatest successes.

Source: tvn24.pl

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