Flying Bomb and Rocket Development

The V-1 and V-2 were developed at Peenemunde, on the island of Usedom on Germany's Baltic Sea coast. The Luftwaffe and German army shared this research site, which was ideally suited to secret rocket and flying bomb testing because it was isolated, flat, and had plenty of room for flight testing without endangering inhabited areas. In the summer of 1943, Allied reconnaissance discovered rockets at Peenemunde. Soon after, bombing raids slowed German work there and forced them to move manufacturing elsewhere.

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