World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF EUROPE: Things That Go Bump

Britain finally felt the lash of Adolf Hitler's long-threatened secret weapon last week and found it much like its sponsor: nasty, unpredictable, incapable of achieving final victory.

The weapon turned out to be just about what British military and Government leaders had predicted months before—a self-propelled "robot bomb." It has stubby wings (16 ft. across) and tiny tail surface; its only pilot is a gyrocompass control box, intended to keep it on a steady course.

It is launched like a big rocket from frames or catapult installations in the Pas-de-Calais area, nearest...

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