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Blue Streak

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Abstract

Over one thousand V-2s landed in Britain during the closing stages of the Second World War, so it was natural that the government should have taken an interest. Unfortunately, most of the relevant German scientists had been captured by the United States and the Soviet Union, allowing them to effectively continue Germany’s work on unmanned weaponry, leaving Britain to make do with access to the Peenemünde team and some captured V-2s. This comparative lack of knowledge, and the post-war decision to assign overwhelming priority to the development of atomic weapons, left few resources to spare for next-generation delivery systems, and research was mainly concentrated on defensive surface-to-air weapons.1 We have seen how the Second World War provided the basis for Sandys’ policy preferences at the Ministry of Supply, and how it consequently placed him well ahead of other influential policy-makers in relation to ballistic missiles; but there is nothing to suggest that his wartime reports had provided any significant, immediate influence on government policy.

Keywords

White Paper Solid Fuel Nuclear Weapon Policy Preference Weapon System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Independent ScholarHedonUK

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