View of V-2 Rocket Launch

View of V-2 Rocket Launch Disasters Aviation & Space Exploration Tragedies and Triumphs

Germany frequently used mobile launchers (instead of fixed sites) for the V-2, making it very difficult for Allied bombers to find - and eliminate - launch sites.

This photograph - taken in late 1944 - depicts one of those camouflaged mobile launch sites. 

Germany launched about 2,900 V-2 rockets against Britain, France and Belgium between September of 1944 and March of 1945. Not only did they cause massive property damage, these V2s caused extensive loss of life in cities like London and Antwerp.

The rocket had air vanes on its fins and control (directional) vanes in its exhaust.


Germany used the V2 as a weapon of mass destruction during the final months of WWII.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Feb 23, 2020

Media Credits

Photograph of mobile V-2 launch site, online courtesy Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum.


Photo of the V2 exhaust vanes by Jan B.H.A. Vervloedt (photo) Ad Meskens (scan). License:  CC BY-SA 3.0 Vervloedt describes the picture with these words:


The V-2 rocket (German: Vergeltungswaffe 2) was the first ballistic missile and first man-made object to achieve sub-orbital spaceflight, the progenitor of all modern rockets including the Saturn V moon rocket. Over 3,000 V-2s were launched as military rockets by the German Wehrmacht against Allied targets in World War II, resulting in the death of an estimated 7,250 military personnel and civilians.


One of the main targets was the port of Antwerp, counting 1300 hits. The most infamous hit was on Cinema Rex in the heart of town. Almost all the capacity audience was killed. This V-2 is exhibited on the Groenplaats in Antwerp (1945). You can clearly see the exhaust with its directional vanes.

The photo was taken by my grandfather Jan B.H.A. Vervloedt (1945) and is now in the family archives.


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