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Disarming Hitler's V Weapons (Hardback)

Bomb Disposal - The V1 & V2 Rockets

WWII General History

Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9781781593868
Published: 2nd September 2013

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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 favour. 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 honours which could have been bestowed upon them by their country – the George Medal.

The author Chris Ransted, who was not born when the terror weapons fell on Britain, works as a researcher for the National Archives. He tells of those brave men of the bomb disposal units who died disarming the weapons that Hitler hoped would save the Nazis from defeat. The well-indexed book contains much technical information about the various types of V1s and V2s fired at our shores and, as the war progressed, at targets in France and Belgium where the bomb disposal units continued their frightening tasks.

Dover Express/Folkestone Herald Reviewed By Terry Sutton

In 1944, the V-1s and V-2s, Hitler's 'vengeance' weapons, were regarded by the British as the single greatest threat of the war. It was the job of the specialist bomb disposal teams to render the V-weapons safe and uncover their secrets. This is their story. In this unique book Chris has investigated the work of these unsung heroes who risked their lives every time they were called into action. In the course of his research he located the sites of many unexploded V-weapons, revealed here for the first time. 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.

Essence Magazine
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