Odd World War II Facts.

 

More than 1000 V-1 and V-2 Rockets would landed on British soil. The V-2 almost exclusively impacted in London and on the Belgian capitol.

The V-2 was a hundred times more expensive than a V-1 with about the same same destructive capability.

Oddly, the arduousness and obstacles in bringing down a V weapon made is easier to defend against. Chance had it that you had a small chance of staying from one; and at their cruising speed, 3 to 5 times the speed of sound, it was highly unlikely that one could be tracked and shot down. So the British fought on as if it didn’t matter.

To most, it wouldn’t.

 

Interestingly, British intelligence assets convinced German rocker engineers that they were over shooting Berlin and so a good number of V launches were well off target and perhaps saved thousands of lives and homes untouched.

 

 

US army troops smoked over a million packs of cigarettes a day. Allied cigarette consumption in December of 1944 was over 84 million packs.
Ike began rolling his own as a gesture of solidarity with the smokers. In 1943 alone,  their demand helped U.S. companies manufacture 290 billion cigarettes.

Eighteen thousand American deserters roamed the European theater. About ten thousand British deserters as well. Many Americans deserted, and then hung around troop formations to sell Black Market goods.

 

Americans were also arrested in Paris by French authorities for stealing, and a few received substantial sentences.

 

Source: The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson

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  1. “More than 1000 V-1 and V-2 Rockets would landed on British soil. The V-2 almost exclusively impacted in London and on the Belgian capitol.”
    “Would land on”, and it was not on Brussels (the belgian capitol), but on Antwerp, the biggest port that the allies had liberated in 1944
    “German rocker engineers that they were over shooting Berlin and ”
    “rocket engineers”, and “overshooting London”

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