Most people forget or simply do not know, but Paris was also the target of V-2 rockets.
A little story:
When my wife and I took spent our honeymoon in Paris in 2004, it was very late when we left a nice restaurant and we missed the last metro train past midnight, so we chose to walk to our hotel from Ile de Cite to the 14e arr. Several times along the way, we stopped for a rest and at one point, very near the Jardins de Luxembourg, and we came across a building which was covered with pockmarks, the facade of the old Ecole des Mineurs. A plaque on the exterior wall of that building stated that during both world wars, that location was deemed the unluckiest place in all of Paris. During WW 1, a shell from the "Paris Gun" landed there and killed scores of people. Then in WW 2, soon after the liberation of Paris in August 1944, a V-2 rocket struck the exact same spot killing over 70 people. There is a small upwards incline along the avenue, but a rather large and noticable depression in the street in front of the building can still be noticed.
True, but a terrorised population doesn't mean wining wars. There were pin prick attacks of terror value only and no strategic use. (considering the effort going into production). The real benefit was scooped up by the Allies And Soviets for future generations.
there's a street around the corner from here, which is all terraced housed except for a chunk in the middle which is made up of relatively new blocks of flats. interesting to see that it's because of a V2 which hit there on 1 november 1944, leaving 36 Dead. i walked past it earlier and you can see on the side of the house where the floors/rooms used to be on the building next door. also interesting that the local iceland supermarket is built on the site which saw the largest single V2 rocket death toll.
True, but a terrorised population doesn't mean wining wars. There were pin prick attacks of terror value only and no strategic use. (considering the effort going into production).
Yes, but you could say the same about the British bombing attacks which were almost exclusively (with the one exception of Essen, if I recall it correctly) aimed at the civilian areas in the inner core of German cities. They were larger pin pricks for sure, killing hundreds of thousands of people, women and children included, and terrorised millions more, but in the end the war was not won through them, despite the enormous effort that Britain put into them. (And by the way, the V-Weapons were the direct answer to those, hence the V, meaning "Vergeltung" meaning retribution in German).
And don't complain that the attacks on Britain were too small. If Germany could have fully concentrated on bombing England instead of fighting the Sovietunion, those attacks would have been much, much larger.
Originally Posted by Kilgor
The real benefit was scooped up by the Allies And Soviets for future generations.
Absolutely. Later time American and Soviet ICBM's are the direct descendants of the V2, after all, and those make the destruction of cities so much easier.