The German A-4 ballistic missile, better known by its propaganda name of V-2, was the world's first successful ballistic missile, breaking through the atmosphere to reach its target more quickly. It was a forerunner of Cold War ballistic missiles and its combat use in 1944-45 set the pattern for the use of Scud ballistic missiles in recent decades. The V-2 offensive lasted from September 1944 until March 1945 with over 3, 000 rockets being launched. This book examines the combat record of the V-2 in World War II, with a special focus on how a German missile battalion prepared and fired its missiles.The battalion had 22 LOX trailers, 48 alcohol tank trucks, 4 hydrogen peroxide trailers, and 4 pump trailers. ... On arriving at the launch site, the Bodenplatte launch platform was positioned behind the MaOerwagm and lowered from its two -wheel semi-trailer. ... the cable trailers and power supply trucks moved to the site and the power connections were made to the missile and the trailer. ... to permit electricians to open the hatches in the control compartment and insert the ground plugs.
|Title||:||V-2 Ballistic Missile 1942-52|
|Author||:||Steven J Zaloga|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2013-04-20|