World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF ENGLAND: The Score for Robots

"I'm on a better wicket now and can say more than I could a week ago." began tall, young Duncan Sandys (rhymes with ampersands), facing a packed press conference in London. Lieut. Colonel Sandys —also M.P. and husband of Churchill's daughter Diana—who has been in charge of Britain's defense against buzzbombs, then gave the facts of the robot blitz, now ended:

¶ In 80 days the robombs had damaged 870,000 English houses, killed 5,817 people, seriously wounded 17.036 others.

¶ Allied counterattacks during 18 months against the rocket coast expended 2,900 airmen, 450...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!