Antwerp After V1 Attack, 1945
Pan port warehouse wreckage; rescuers working in building debris in central Antwerp. Litter carrying out victims; MCUs of women & children injured & dead removed from rubble. Destroyed buildings.
06:46:05 Operation Antwerp X w/ men around gridded plotting table coordinating anti-aircraft gunners against V1 (Vergeltungswaffe Eine) bombs / rockets. Men around raised area above plotting table w/ General Clare Armstrong, MCU. Animated map w/ Antwerp’s location & anti-aircraft guns firing.
06:47:16 Gun crews moving artillery gun on trailer behind trucks & tracked vehicles.
06:47:53 Setting up in new location. Plane / bomb over, CU pushing siren button, firing artillery; flak in sky, plane /bomb hit. V1 in flight. Observer on radio telephone spotting & reporting buzz bomb. Crew to gun & siting, radar antennas, firing, flak & finally hitting & exploding.
06:50:20 Men carry & stack ammunition. Night & antennas. (end of reel.
WW2; WWII Defenses; Belgium City Defense;
NOTE: attack lasted 5 months w/ 4,883 V1s launched; only 211 got thru. 2,394 would have hit Antwerp.