Thursday, May 1, 2008

Evil Commemoration: May "Numbers" Theme Day


I commented on our anniversary post that, through researching blog posts, I've learned a lot about this little town that we've called home for nearly two years. This theme day post is another example.

You might guess that "1944" refers to a war event. But you might not guess that Wassenaar, with its tree-lined streets, big homes and green spaces, played a very significant role in the advancement of warfare.

That's right ... during WWII, the first-ever ballistic missile was fired from occupied Wassenaar. You can read about the V2 in Wiki and more about the first missile's landing in Chiswick(London). The dutch resistance provided critical information to the allies about the rockets, launch sites, and factories; you can read more about that here.


This small plaque sits on an unassuming corner in a quiet part of town ... marking the spot where the launches took place.

We're posting this remotely and can't list all of the sites participating in May's "Numbers" theme day, but you can visit the City Daily Photo Blog Portal to see more from cities around the world.

12 comments:

Olivier said...

une date importante, un très bon post.

an important date, a very good post.

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow! Fascinating information and ominous meaning. Thanks for posting this one.

Jim said...

Intersesting post. You have my attention, now I will have to try to find out more. Thanks.

Jilly said...

That's a momentous date in your town. A sobering and thoughtful post.

babooshka said...

Very interesting commentary with this post and it's signifigant numbers. Ecxellent choice for those reasons

Small City Scenes said...

A very important and somber date in history. Thanks for the post. MB

Neva said...

Who knew? I have learned so much from the blogging community...frightening actually!

Clueless in boston said...

Excellent post. We always hear about the effect of the V1 and V2 bombs on London, but nothing about where they were launched from.

Kris McCracken said...

I agree with the sentiments above, a great series of pictures and a really interesting story. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dina said...

We've come a long way since '44 and the V2s. . . or . . . have we?
I shudder to recall the Gulf War when my daughter and I sheltered in our "sealed room" (sealed with masking tape) here in Israel as Saddam's Scud missiles exploded around us and then waiting for the army's all-clear in order to remove our gasmasks. But that was only 1 1/2 months of war, not 6 years like in Europe.
Thanks for showing these plaques in your town. Lest we forget.
Shalom from Jerusalem.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.

Cimba7200 said...

Facinating blog. Thanks. - Dave

Lezard said...

Nicely spotted! Nice you mention Chiswick, that was the neighborhood I called my home for nearly 2 years when I lived in London! I had no idea the first V2 racket landed there!