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Development of the 3" Rocket Launcher Memorial

Discussion in 'Artillery' started by GRW, Jan 28, 2017.

  1. GRW

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    "Recently, as I was waiting to start a presentation on historical aerial photography at a hotel near Cardigan, I spotted an object placed on a hall-stand, and recognised it as a small replica of a 3” rocket launcher. Intrigued, I picked up the model and read the inscription:

    THE ORIGINAL 3” A.A. ROCKET PROJECTOR

    DESIGNED IN THE CLIFF HOTEL IN THE SUMMER OF 1940

    PRESENTED BY SIR ALWYN CROW C.B.E.

    The 3” ground-to-air rocket was a ground-breaking early application of military rocketry. Each projector at the AA battery had a ground crew of two. The missile was fired by a small electrical charge, igniting the 9lb of cordite propellant, to guide the 7ft long rocket, with a 4lb explosive charge in the warhead, towards enemy aircraft.

    Although the system wasn’t terribly successful, with only a very few confirmed “kills”, the rocket launchers boosted the morale of the local population. By all accounts, battery salvos generated a tremendous noise as the missiles were sent on their way."
    https://rcahmw.gov.uk/rocket-discovery-at-the-cliff-hotel-gwbert/
     

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