The remains of a Nazi ‘terrorist rocket’ have been discovered in Kent, England.
Archaeological experts found a fragment of a German V2 terror rocket in the area it depicted 77 years ago.
It is believed that thousands of V2 rockets were launched by the Germans during World War II and caused around 9,000 fatalities in the UK alone.
The one in question is said to have been launched from Holland and took only minutes to reach England.
Fortunately, the rocket that exploded on the grounds of St. Mary’s Platt did not kill anyone when it detonated at midnight on Valentine’s Day 1944.
However, this left a crater 14 feet deep and 38 feet wide.
Archaeologists from Research Resources Archaeology were excavating at the crater site this week.
Brothers Colin and Sean Welch, who run the project, oversaw the excavation of the 31-foot hole, which soon revealed the remnants of a V2 terrorist rocket.
The team has previously worked on five other V2 sites but this was said to be different.
According to kent online, Colin Welch explained: “The rockets will enter Earth at an angle, in this case a trajectory of about 70 degrees.
“We usually expect to find most remains on the side of the crater farthest from the entry point, but when we dug there this time there was nothing.”
A bed of ragstone is said to have held the rocket close to the impact point.
Part of the rocket uncovered on Tuesday this week is a combustion chamber that would have contained a liquid oxygen and alcohol mixture.
“If they hit you you’d never know anything about it.” – Sean Welch, archaeologist
This concoction would have sent the rocket to the ground at 3,300 mph.
Sean Welch said: “Their rockets were traveling so fast. If they collided, you’d never know anything about it.”
The rocket remains will be cleaned and restored in a meticulous process that can take up to 18 months.
It is hoped that some Nazi secret source code may be discovered during the rocket project.
The Nazis put a three-letter stamp on the parts of the rocket.
After the war it was discovered that these codes could link rocket objects to the factory in which they were made.
Some V2 rocket parts are now made in a factory in Czechoslovakia and in Austria.
It is said that each rocket would require 30 tons of potatoes to make the alcohol necessary for a launch.
This production must have been taking place at a time of extreme food shortages for the Germans and attacks continued even as the war began to be lost.
The excavation team consists of ex-Royal engineers now working for Pearson TQ.
Daily live broadcast has been provided by the team to three local primary schools following the project.
The Welch brothers also hope to display their find in an online museum if they can secure grant money.
The Rocket case report will be filed with the Historical Records Officer for Kent shortly.
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