World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF BRITAIN: Bob Hopes

Londoners had a new name for the German rocket bombs: "Bob Hopes." The name was a contraction of "Bob down.

and hope for the best." It was a grim bit of humor. In November V-bombs had killed 716 civilians, had injured 1,511. Londoners did not have to compare November's toll with October's (172 killed, 416 injured) to realize that V-2 was now a threat to bring back the worst days of last summer,* before a defense had been found against V1.

Far from having found a defense against V2, Britain apparently still...

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