Hitler's Rockets: The Story of the V-2s

ISBN: 978-1-60239-705-7
Review Date:

Civilians in Britain, particularly in the greater London area, had suffered from attacks from the air since the Blitz early in the war, and had been toughened to deal with such destruction, even when they came in the form of flying bombs. But when the rockets came, approaching nearly at the speed of sound and nearly impossible to react against, the people were truly horrified. Norman Longmate's Hitler's Rockets provided a detail view of the rockets, encompassing the German research, the British politics, and the attacks that told the complete story. Although the rockets were deemed relatively ineffective, as already noted by my colleague Morgan Bell above, the V-2 rockets, ethics of war aside, were weapons that the Germans could still use to attack deep into enemy territory even as German lines were steadily pushed back since the Normandy invasion. Longmate effectively told the horrors that the British people endured with this book, detailing a great many of the major incidents, in many cases noting the exact location of the explosions and including many eye-witness accounts. The author's writing was also effective, narrating his story in a straight-forward manner while keeping me engaged in the chapters that he was presenting.

The destruction caused by the V-2 rockets were small in comparison to that caused by convention bombing. While stories of Dresden and Kobe are better known for justifiable reasons, the history of these early rockets should not be forgotten, for had Germany had these weapons in 1939 instead of 1944, the cost of Allied victory might had been much greater. Hitler's Rockets is a highly recommended work for a look into the history of the German rocket program and the horror the rockets brought.

Back to Main | Back to Book Reviews Index

Did you enjoy this article or find this article helpful? If so, please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 per month will go a long way! Thank you.

Share this article with your friends:


Stay updated with WW2DB:

 RSS Feeds

Visitor Submitted Comments

1. Gregg Heilman says:
7 Mar 2010 07:52:58 PM

One of the BEST DVD documentary I have seen on the ME 262, the V-1 and V-2 is this one.

Rent it tomorrow, you will not regret it.

German Jets & V1 & V2 Flying Bombs of WWII

2006NR60 minutes

Turning its attention to the skies, this documentary program explores the design and creation of revolutionary new German weaponry used during the air battles of World War II. Segments focus on the Messerschmitt Me-262 fighter, the V-1 Flying Bomb warhead and the more advanced V-2 Rocket of the Nazi Luftwaffe.

Extras include an interactive quiz designed to test your knowledge on everything you learned from the program.

All visitor submitted comments are opinions of those making the submissions and do not reflect views of WW2DB.

Posting Your Comments on this Topic

Your Name
Your Email
 Your email will not be published
Comment Type
Your Comments
Security Code



1. We hope that visitor conversations at WW2DB will be constructive and thought-provoking. Please refrain from using strong language. HTML tags are not allowed. Your IP address will be tracked even if you remain anonymous. WW2DB site administrators reserve the right to moderate, censor, and/or remove any comment. All comment submissions will become the property of WW2DB.

2. For inquiries about military records for members of the World War II armed forces, please see our FAQ.

A review copy or review sample of this product was provided by the publisher or vendor to WW2DB; opinions expressed in this review are not influenced by this fact.

Search WW2DB & Partner Sites
More on Hitler's Rockets: The Story of the V-2s
Related Weapon:
» Vergeltungswaffe 2

Famous WW2 Quote
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last."

Winston Churchill

Support Us

Please consider supporting us on Patreon. Even $1 a month will go a long way. Thank you!

Or, please support us by purchasing some WW2DB merchandise at TeeSpring, Thank you!