Disarming Hitler's V Weapons: Bomb Disposal - The V1 & V2 Rockets

Disarming Hitler's V Weapons: Bomb Disposal - The V1 & V2 Rockets

by Chris Ransted


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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526781901
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 10/05/2020
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgemen vi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 June 1944: The First V1s 13

Chapter 2 More V1 'Duds' 42

Chapter 3 Unexploded V2s in England 67

Chapter 4 Europe 87

Chapter 5 Tools of the Trade 134

Chapter 6 Post-War Discoveries 167

Chapter 7 Fact or Fiction? 191

Epilogue 201

Notes and Sources 208

Appendix 1 George Medal Awards (VI incidents) 220

Appendix 2 VI Disposal Instructions 222

Appendix 3 VI Fuze Technical Information 244

Appendix 4 V2 Disposal Instructions and Nose Fuze Technical Informatiown 248

Index of People, Places and Units 251

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