Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Figarti: First Among Equals?

Figarti are one of two companies, and there may be more, releasing versions of the infamous V1 rocket, or Doodlebug, this month

I have raided the annals of Wikipedia for the following facts and figures relating to this oddly intriguing weapon of war and accompanied them with three images of the Figarti model which will be priced at £125 and is available in the UK from Clive at Grey Goose Collectibles

The V-1 was developed at Peenemünde Airfield by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War. During initial development it was known by the codename "Cherry Stone". The first of the so-called Vergeltungswaffen series designed for terror bombing of London, the V-1 was fired from "ski" launch sites along the French (Pas-de-Calais) and Dutch coasts

A V1 on display in Paris

The first V-1 was launched at London on 13 June 1944, one week after (and prompted by) the successful Allied landing in Europe. At its peak, more than one hundred V-1s a day were fired at southeast England, 9,521 in total, decreasing in number as sites were overrun until October 1944, when the last V-1 site in range of Britain was overrun by Allied forces

A V1 complete with a section of its launch ramp on display in Duxford

This caused the remaining V-1s to be directed at the port of Antwerp and other targets in Belgium, with 2,448 V-1s being launched. The attacks stopped when the last site was overrun on 29 March 1945. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians)

Happy hunting!

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