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Re: Tonsil. Royal Navy Anti-V1 Rocket Battery
« Reply #3 on: July 14, 2016, 10:26:11 »
I too hadn't heard of this project but these look like standard UP launchers used by the Z batteries, just mounted on a truck?

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Re: Tonsil. Royal Navy Anti-V1 Rocket Battery
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2016, 00:08:09 »
I'd never heard of these before and I do wonder what happened when they ran out of propellant and plummeted back to earth?.Were they the same design as used in the Sicily and Normandy landings as seen below?
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Tonsil. Royal Navy Anti-V1 Rocket Battery
« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2016, 22:57:53 »
Three photos from the Imperial War Museums collection.

Tonsil, the Royal Navy's experimental anti-flying bomb rocket battery. Tonsil was a rush job, the projectors were mounted on lorries in two days and the complete battery of ten projectors was ready for action in a position between Hythe and Dymchurch within four days of the order being given, on 15 July 1944. On 20 July it scored its first "kill". By the end of the month it had shot down 8 flying bombs. In August the battery was enlarged to 20 projectors, capable of firing 400 rockets at once, and was particularly valuable in conditions of poor visibility.

© IWM (A 31037) "Tonsil" mounted on a lorry. The rocket battery was assembled and transported to its position on the South Coast within four days of being ordered.

© IWM (A 31034) The rocket battery firing.

© IWM (A 31038) A "Tonsil" pattern explodes.

See also the interview with Louis Albert West in the above link. In 1944 he was involved in Operation Tonsil. Reel six from 11.30.
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