Hitler’s secret weapon

In 1944, the Nazis unleashed a barrage of flying bombs and rockets on London. Joe Maiolo, advisor to a recent BBC documentary about the V weapons, relates how Britain managed to mitigate disaster

Clean-up crews salvaging what they can from the ruins of buildings in Hornsey, a north London suburb, 1944. (Photo by © Hulton-Deutsch Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)

This article was first published in the July 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

Londoners never forget the sound of Hitler’s revenge. First came that hideous burping noise of the approaching pulsejet; then the nerve-racking silence after the motor cut out and the robot plane dived to earth; and finally the ear-shattering explosion.

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