Lot 620: V-2 Rocket. A rusted relic of a V-2 Rocket combustion chamber, circa 1944, approximately 165 x 115 x 90cm. The V-2 was the world's first long-range guided ballistic missile and the first man-made object to cross the boundary of space. From September 1944, over 3,000 V-2s were launched by the German Wehrmacht against allied targets during the war. It is estimated that 9,000 civilians and military personnel were killed as a result of the attacks, while 12,000 forced labourers and concentration camp prisoners were killed producing the weapons. Found this year in Barrack Wood in Warley, Brentwood, Essex. Two references to V-2 attacks have been identified, either of which could be the origin of this relic. 6 November 1944 (17:45 hours): Battery 444, Den Haag, Site 47 N of Waterpartij (Scheveningse Bosjes), V-2 rocket fired, impacted Little Warley, Essex. Fell in field. 4 Properties seriously damaged. 4 Persons injured. 22 February 1945 (22:44 hours): Batt. 1./485 (Art. Reg. 1./902), Hoek van Holland, V-2 rocket fired, impacted Warley. 1 Injured. (1)
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