V2 rocket on launch pad, Operation Backfire, Cuxhaven, Germany, 1945.

 
V2 rocket on launch pad, Operation Backfire, Cuxhaven, Germany, 1945.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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Operation Backfire was a British post-WW2 operation designed to evaluate the V2 rocket system. The tests were undertaken in the months after the fall of Nazi Germany at a gun testing range at Cuxhaven, in the British zone of occupation, using 8 complete rockets, all of which were painted black and white. Captured firing troops and rocket scientists were employed to demonstrate the V2's characterisitics to the British.

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10410154

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