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Bomb experts find Nazi V2 rocket in British mud

The Local · 1 Apr 2012, 12:43

Published: 01 Apr 2012 12:43 GMT+02:00

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The four-foot missile section was found nose-down sticking out of the mud at low tide in Harwich harbour on the east coast of England last week, a Royal Navy spokesman said.

A Royal Navy diving team and bomb disposal experts have been working at the site near Felixstowe since last Wednesday, fearing the rocket could have been intact. They had been waiting for the right conditions to remove it.

Royal Navy divers dug out the casing on Saturday evening and found the warhead section was missing, along with the original 2,000 lbs of explosive.

The find is very unusual as remnants of V2 rockets were usually destroyed when the missile came down at three times the speed of sound.

V2 rockets launched by Nazi Germany against Allied targets killed thousands of people during World War II.

The Nazis mostly fired them at London and Antwerp in Belgium from 1944 onwards, though Ipswich, close to where the remnants were found, was also targeted.

The liquid-propellant V2 rocket was developed at the beginning of World War II in Germany.

It was the world’s first long-range combat ballistic missile and the first object to be fired into space. The missile took just four seconds to reach its target at speeds of up to 3,500 mph.

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Half of the Rhineland city of Koblenz was evacuated last November when a huge British World War II bomb was discovered in the river there. It was successfully defused.

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Your comments about this article

16:46 April 1, 2012 by boopsie
"The evil that men do lives after them. The good is interred with their bones."
22:08 April 1, 2012 by XFYRCHIEF
Excuse me, but "...4 seconds to reach its target..."? By my calculations that makes the target less than a mile away. I didn't know the Nazis had launch sites in London. Another WWII fact comes to light.
05:36 April 2, 2012 by wood artist

Yeah, I'm trying to figure out any portion of the flight that would have lasted just 4 seconds. Four minutes doesn't work either. I might have taken 4 seconds for it to clear the launch pad, but otherwise I'm doming up completely dry. It took longer than that to descend from max altitude, and nothing else works at all.

Somethings obviously wrong with that number, regardless of what portion of the flight it is supposed to describe.

12:24 April 2, 2012 by Frenemy
Yeah, I was about to say, I didn't know von Braun had mastered the science of hypervelocity ballistics in the 1940s already....lol
19:53 April 3, 2012 by Whipmanager
You have all mised the use of Wormholes...those german were awesome
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