Disarming Hitler’s V Weapons

Bomb Disposal - The V1 & V2 Rockets

Chris Ransted

In 1944 the V-1s and V-2s,
Hitler's ‘vengeance' weapons, were
regarded by the Allied leaders in London
as the single greatest threat they had
faced. It was feared that these flying
bombs and rockets might turn the tide
of war once again in Germany's favor.
Yet, little more than half of these missiles
hit their targets, some failing to explode.
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Date Published :
October 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
Heavily illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781781593868
Pages : 256
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$39.95

Overview
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In 1944 the V-1s and V-2s, Hitler’s ‘vengeance’ weapons, were regarded by the Allied leaders in London as the single greatest threat they had faced. It was feared that these flying bombs and rockets might turn the tide of war once again in Germany’s favor. Yet, little more than half of these missiles hit their targets, some failing to explode. Their wreckage lay across the southern half of England or in Europe, with contents liable to sudden and deadly ignition. It was the job of specialist Bomb Disposal teams to render the V-weapons safe and uncover their secrets. This is their story.

In this unique book, Chris Ransted has investigated the work of these unsung heroes who risked their lives every time they were called into action and, in the course of his research he has located the sites of many of the unexploded V-weapons, revealed here for the first time. Mr. Ransted also details the methods used by the Bomb Disposal men and the equipment they used. The book is richly illustrated with 266 photographs and diagrams, many of which have never previously been published.

In completing this, the most comprehensive study of its kind, the author describes the deeds of those gallant Bomb Disposal men that were awarded one of the highest honors, which could have been bestowed upon them by their country – the George Medal.

About The Author
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Chris Ransted works at The National Archives. His interest in the war years came about as a child, listening to family tales of life in London’s docklands during the Blitz. Since a teenager he has collected artifacts and information relating to bomb disposal, and is devoted to keeping the memory of these brave men alive.He has had numerous magazine articles published on bomb disposal, as well as the books, Disarming Hitler’s V-Weapons and_Bomb Disposal and the British Casualties of WW2.

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