Hitler's Revenge Weapons

The Final Blitz of London

Group Captain Nigel Walpole OBE, BA, RAF (Ret’d)

Date Published :
September 2022
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
150 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526722881

Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 232
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781399074841

Dimensions : 9.1 X 6.1 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 232
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From September 1940 until May 1941, Britain - especially Greater London - suffered heavily under a barrage of day and nighttime raids by the then mighty Luftwaffe; raids which killed some 20,000 people and destroyed or damaged one million homes during what came to be known as the London Blitz. A ‘baby blitz’ followed, from January to May 1944, which was destined to be the final manned bomber offensive by a much depleted Luftwaffe. Afterwards, there came the last gasp, the final blitz on London, this time delivered by the V1 flying bombs and V2 rockets which were aimed at the capital. Overall, the V weapons killed or seriously injured 31,000 in London and destroyed or seriously damaged 1.6 million houses throughout Britain. Yet despite all this, British industry, economy and morale remained largely intact.

Group Captain Nigel Walpole grew up in London during the Blitz and he has traced the full history of the V1 'doodlebugs' and V2 rockets that terrorized so many at this time. He looks at the infamous missile development site at Peenemunde and the engineers who brought Hitler's horrific visions to life. He reports his vivid memories of the three Blitz campaigns and the countermeasures taken in response to them. Having been granted direct access to the history of the V weapons, he describes the evolution, development, production deployment and launch of the flying bombs and rockets. Whilst acknowledging the terrible damage inflicted by these weapons, Nigel also recognizes them as an example of Germany’s extraordinary capacity for innovation and determination during one of the darkest periods of world history.

About The Author

Group Captain Nigel Walpole is a former aviator and author.


"The book begins in the early 1930's with the origins of Germany's rocket programme and the brilliant minds which shaped it, but while they were largely inspired by the idea of using the technology to conquer space, it was the desire of the Nazis to explore new methods of waging war not prohibited by the Treaty of Versailles which provided its real impetus."

- Pegasus Archive

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