Odd Story of 2 Nazi V-2s in Australia

Almost seven decades ago, visitors to the Long Range Weapon Establishment at Salisbury in Adelaide's north would have seen something that was, at the time, quite amazing.

Pointing skywards, in all its dubious glory, was a Nazi V-2 rocket of the kind that, in the final months of World War II, brought a late wave of destruction to London, Norwich, Paris and Antwerp.

Mounted on its carrier known as a Meillerwagen, this particular V-2 towered above its new owners. Black and white photos from the time reveal a strikingly formidable object.


Ominously elevated, it looks ready to launch — perhaps for the moon, perhaps for Mars.

The rocket had arrived in Adelaide months earlier, when it was off-loaded at Outer Harbor in October 1947.

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