Many innocent civilians in Afghanistan, Pakistan an Libya are killed by so called drones. The drone is an unmanned aircraft designed by Israel. The Israelis are denied entry into Afghanistan, but nevertheless, Israel provide ‘security’ for the coalition in Afghanistan. Israeli drones are used by Canada, France, Australia and Germany in Afghanistan. Today, Israeli specialists are on the air base at Ein Shemer for training the flight of “Herons” repainted in the colors of Germany.
The idea of the drone is partly based on the V-1 and V-2 rocket that Germany used to bomb London. In total, the V-1 attacks caused 22,892 casualties (almost entirely civilians). Of more than 10,000 V-1 launched, 7488 reached England, 3957 were destroyed and only 3531 reached London. More than six thousand civilians were killed and eighteen thousand were wounded. The 1150 V-2 that landed in London killed 2,742 civilians and wounded 6467. The total property damage was 23,000 houses totally destroyed and 100,000 damaged while the RAF lost 490 aircraft.
The V-2 rocket (in Germany called the A-4) was small by comparison to today’s rockets. It achieved its great thrust by burning a mixture of liquid oxygen and alcohol and was able to lob a one-ton warhead 50 miles high and hundreds of miles down range. The rocket fuselage was made of thin, collapsible metal that was inflated with the introduction of fuel into the tanks. Once launched, the V-2 was a weapon that could devastate entire city blocks. Fortunately for London and the Allied forces, the V-2 came too late in the War to change its outcome. Nevertheless, by the War’s end, German rocket scientists and engineers had already laid plans for advanced missiles capable of spanning the Atlantic Ocean and landing in the United States. With the fall of Germany, many unused V-2 rockets and components were captured by the Allies. Many German rocket scientists came to the United States, while others went to the Soviet Union. Both the United States and the Soviet Union realized the potential of the rocket as a military weapon and began a variety of experimental programs. The United States began developing its space program with high-altitude atmospheric sounding rockets. On October 4, 1957, the world was stunned by the news of the world’s first Earth-orbiting artificial satellite launched by the Soviet Union.
Photo: German V2