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was an unforgettable sight. In the full glare of
the sunlight the rocket rose higher and higher.
The flame from the stern was almost as long as
the rocket itself."
"We have invaded space with our rocket and for the first time. We have used space as a bridge between two points on the earth; we have proved rocket propulsion practicable for space travel. This third day of October, 1942, is the first of a new era, one of new transportation—that of space travel."
—General Walter Dornberger
German General Walter
Dornberger and German rocket scientist Wernher
von Braun were two men with a vision. The drive,
energy and resourcefulness of Dornberger, mated
with the ingenuity and passion of von Braun,
created one of the greatest technological
achievements of the last 100 years. The fact
that this achievement was the product of the
ruthless regime of Nazi Germany—and the fact
that many thousands of people died as a result
of its production and deployment—skews the image
of what otherwise would be considered a
monumental technological triumph.
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1940 and 1941 the components of the V-2 were
developed and captive tests were carried out,
with and without controls. In fact, we had the
whole V-2 mounted in gimbal rings on the test
stand and tested the controls with jet vanes."
"In June 1942 we made the first free-flight test, which was a failure. The second was also a failure in part—it reached supersonic speed and then broke up. The third one on October 3, 1942, finally was a full success and traveled over 120 miles."
—Wernher von Braun
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book Vergeltungswaffen in the
Nederland (V-Weapons in the Netherlands). The
deployment of V.1, V.2 and V.4 from Dutch territory
1944-1945 by Henk Koopman. Flying
Pencil NL B.V.
Although written in Dutch this book is easily understood by English-speaking readers as it is heavily illustrated with photos, maps, graphs and tables. With more than forty years of archival work, the author has succeeded in shedding more light on the known and unknown aspects of the deployment of V-weapons in the Netherlands. I have known the author for twenty years and gained much from his extensive knowledge about the V-sites. We have walked the rocket sites in the Netherlands and I always look forward to our next visit. For many years enthusiasts have anticipated this book and now it is finally available!
Book specifications: "Vergeltungswaffen
in the Netherlands" by Henk Koopman;
Hard cover; A4 format (215x280 mm); Dust wrap; 336
pages; Eleven chapters; Five annexes; Extensive
index; Details of the bank
account of Flying Pencil NL B.V.; IBAN:
NL04INGB0006054688; BIC: INGBNL2A (ING BANK);
Dutch Chamber of Commerce No.: 55256104; VAT