Doodlebug Summer Part 1
This popped up this morning on Channel 8, London Live and it stupefied me.
As Hitler faced certain defeat, he turned to his V weapons and launched them in a vengeful and bloody campaign against Britain. This is the story of the havoc caused by the V1 `doodlebugs' and V2 rockets, and of the deaths that undermined the morale of a war-weary civilian population. "At frequent intervals we heard the dreaded staccato burble of an approaching V1 and it was our job to warn the neighbours if it was thought there was a threat to the immediate vicinity.
The V1 had a peculiar technical characteristic inasmuch as that, when the guidance system tilted the craft downwards, the engine completely cut-out due to fuel shortage, giving a few seconds silent warning that it was about to plummet from the sky."
Upcoming broadcasts of Parts 2 to 5
• Friday January 31, 9:30pm on London Live
•Sunday February 2, 9:30am on London Live
•Wednesday February 5, 10:30am on London Live
•Friday February 7, 9:30pm on London Live