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Bomb experts find Nazi V2 rocket in British mud

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Bomb experts find Nazi V2 rocket in British mud
Photo: DPA
12:43 CEST+02:00
A British bomb disposal squad recovered the tail section of a Nazi World War II V2 rocket found submerged in coastal mudflats on Saturday. The British military said the rocket posed no further risk to people living nearby.

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.

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.

DPA/AFP/The Local/jlb

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