Target London: Under Attack from the V-Weapons During WWII

Target London Under Attack from the V Weapons During WWII During the darkest days of the Second World War the Allies listened intently to the messages of the enemy Every whisper built a picture of the threat to come weapons that were terrifying in their mur

  • Title: Target London: Under Attack from the V-Weapons During WWII
  • Author: Christy Campbell
  • ISBN: 9781408702925
  • Page: 227
  • Format: Hardcover
  • During the darkest days of the Second World War, the Allies listened intently to the messages of the enemy Every whisper built a picture of the threat to come weapons that were terrifying in their murderous capabilities Target London is the dramatic tale of the inception of the German V weapons, the Allies epic race to discover the truth about them and the rockets efDuring the darkest days of the Second World War, the Allies listened intently to the messages of the enemy Every whisper built a picture of the threat to come weapons that were terrifying in their murderous capabilities Target London is the dramatic tale of the inception of the German V weapons, the Allies epic race to discover the truth about them and the rockets effects on the streets of London Investigative historian Christy Campbell brilliantly interweaves the many strands of this gripping episode At the heart of this tale is London the target of Nazi Germany s plan to crush British morale.

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    1. Amazing story of Hitler's flying bomb (V1) and rocket (V2) attacks on London. The British knew about these secret weapons being developed, but not enough. So when the first bombs started flying in June 1944, they came as a surprise. Even more so was when the rockets started later, as by then the Allies had already landed in Normandy and moving towards Germany. The story is replete with strong characters & Whitehall intrigue. What struck me most was how decrypted messages about mundane things [...]

    2. Between mid-1944 and the end of the war, Christy Campbell documents that 10,492 V1 flying bombs were launched, of which 2,419 reached London killing 6,184 and injuring 17,981, and 1,402 V2 rockets reached the UK killing 2,754 and injuring 6,500. 107,000 houses were destroyed in the city and 1.5 million damaged. While the flying bombs could be intercepted and shot down and gave a brief indication of its arrival via its noisy jet engine, the V2 arrived unexpectedly at six times the speed of sound. [...]

    3. Ambitious but overwhelmed. Primarily an account of the infighting in the British intelligence, civil servant and political community over how to fuze and distill the increasingly ominous signs of the German flying bomb and rocket effort. While supported by a wealth of evidence and primary - now declassified sources - the author is the victim of the sources rather than the skillful orchestrator leading to both tedious repetitions, loose ends and lack of consolidating analysis.Worthwhile to have a [...]

    4. A reasonable pop-history of the V1/V2 attacks on London. Perfectly readable, dragged on a tad, but enjoyable nevertheless.

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