Friday, January 29, 2010

Antwerp X comic

A friend living in Antwerp emailed me a photo of this amusing cartoon. This decorated folder held files for Antwerp X. That was the name given to the American, British, and Polish anti-aircraft units defending Antwerp from German V-1 rockets. This cartoon is held at Antwerp's city archives, the FelixArchief. If you are interested in learning more about Antwerp X, definitely check out Impact: The History of Germany's V-Weapons in World War II, by Benjamin King. The author gives very detailed information on the organization, types of anti-aircraft artillery used, placement, tactics, etc. Antwerp X was of no use against the V-2 ballistic missile, but against the low-flying V-1 the A-A guns were bringing down close to 98% by the end of the war.

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