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(Daily Mail)   The Daily Mail would like to wish a happy 70th birthday to...the V2 rocket   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 63
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2012-10-02 01:37:02 PM

vpb: Happy birthday V-2
Happy birthday V-2
Happy birthday ballistic missile
Happy birthday V-2


Now blow your candles up!
 
2012-10-02 01:59:35 PM

DjangoStonereaver: CygnusDarius: DjangoStonereaver: othmar: well whatever happen to the damn V3 ?

It was a BIG cannon built in Northern France that never became operational.

And Von Braun called his rocket the A4, not the V-2.

Then the it was called V2 because it was a wonder weapon?.

Hitler was all about weird terror-inducing weaponry and tactics, and as the war started to go south he
had the idea that if they focussed on such things, rather than basic hardware, they would be able to
spook the Allies. Von Braun's rockets filled the bill nicely, and as someone above pointed out, the
V-2 certainly did spook the Brits to the point where they seriously considered evacuating London if
they couldn't find and destroy the V-2 launch sites.


Luckily we had Jimmy Patterson
 
2012-10-02 02:10:53 PM
Don't mention the war!

www.40towers.co.uk
 
2012-10-02 02:22:12 PM
Hurrah for the Blackshirts
 
2012-10-02 02:47:12 PM

orbister: Hurrah for the Blackshirts


comandosupremo.com

"Hey, stoonage! They were Italians!"
 
2012-10-02 03:10:52 PM

Prince George: ASININE tag because subby thinks history is unimportant?


Maybe subby is aware of the Daily Fail's long history of celebrating Nazis.

/not subby
 
2012-10-02 03:25:31 PM
Came for the Tom Leher song. Leaving satisfied.
 
2012-10-02 03:37:05 PM

dittybopper: Prince George: ASININE tag because subby thinks history is unimportant?

No, ASININE because the A-9 was in the planning stages. If you remove the Spanish word for "Yes", you are left with A-NINE, which of course refers the missile the Nazis planned to bomb North America with. Why take out SI? Because only idiots who are afraid of math use the Metric system.


Ninja-grade reply, mein Kamerad.
 
2012-10-02 05:57:32 PM
They aimed for the stars...

//And hit London instead.
 
2012-10-02 06:14:15 PM
Hmmm. I know a certain Farker who thinks WWII spurred on a lot of technological development. But he must be wrong. We had no technology prior to 1957, and all rockets appeared fully-formed out of the vacuum because space is so useful.

Please don't forget the Russians.
www.mentallandscape.com
 
2012-10-02 06:47:30 PM

DjangoStonereaver:

Hitler was all about weird terror-inducing weaponry and tactics, and as the war started to go south he
had the idea that if they focussed on such things, rather than basic hardware, they would be able to
spook the Allies. Von Braun's rockets filled the bill nicely, and as someone above pointed out, the
V-2 certainly did spook the Brits to the point where they seriously considered evacuating London if
they couldn't find and destroy the V-2 launch sites.


There weren't any launch sites to find. They launched from random streets in the Netherlands.

And yeah, totally different than the V-1 or other "normal" bombing. No airsirens or anything. With the V-2 the sun could be shining, bird chirping and suddenly your house is replaced with a crater.
 
2012-10-02 08:15:50 PM

Beeblebrox: Gather round while I sing you of Wernher von Braun,
A man whose allegiance
Is ruled by expedience.
Call him a Nazi, he won't even frown.
"Ha, Nazi Schmazi," says Wernher von Braun.

Don't say that he's hypocritical,
Say rather that he's apolitical.

"Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down?
That's not my department," says Wernher von Braun.

Some have harsh words for this man of renown,
But some think our attitude
Should be one of gratitude,
Like the widows and cripples in old London town
Who owe their large pensions to Wernher von Braun.

You too may be a big hero,
Once you've learned to count backwards to zero.
"In German oder English I know how to count down,
Und I'm learning Chinese," says Wernher von Braun.


i.ytimg.com
/sees what you did there
 
2012-10-03 03:11:42 AM

spawn73: DjangoStonereaver:

Hitler was all about weird terror-inducing weaponry and tactics, and as the war started to go south he
had the idea that if they focussed on such things, rather than basic hardware, they would be able to
spook the Allies. Von Braun's rockets filled the bill nicely, and as someone above pointed out, the
V-2 certainly did spook the Brits to the point where they seriously considered evacuating London if
they couldn't find and destroy the V-2 launch sites.

There weren't any launch sites to find. They launched from random streets in the Netherlands.


I might be getting that mixed up with the V-1, but although the V-2 was launched in the field from a
transportable launcher, ISTR that in the beginning they launched them from prepared areas like fields
or clearings with a long prep time, which meant that they were theoretically vulnerable to aerial bombardment
if the info could be gotten to the proper commands in time.
 
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