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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Ground to Sky Missile Site Toulouse, France

Report from Ground to Sky Missile Site #4
Near Toulouse France
September 5th, 1946
10:05 hours
By General Georg Malyshev
Commander of Ground to Sky Missile Battery Number One

Missile site was operational on September 2nd at 09:32 hours.

At launch minus 3 hours, 30 V3 (Wasserfall) missiles were installed. At launch minus 1 hour the missiles guidance systems where calibrated and prepared to receive their fuel. The operators were on duty starting on September 5th at 04:00 hours.

Radar reported multiple targets in route from the West at 5,000 meters and a speed of 400 kph at 7:12 hours. The enemy formations were on time and on target just as we had been told to expect. As predicted they were of the B17 type bomber.

The skies were clear and visibility was unlimited.

Missiles were launched in volleys of 5 in a dispersed pattern at one minute intervals. This allowed the missile operators to follow their assigned missile and choose their targets. 8 missiles were lost before the Columba system could take over flight control.

The Columba system appeared to fail on 9 units and they passed harmlessly through the formation.

8 missiles performed as designed and were guided to their targets. 5 more were partially successful and damaged their targets.

Without prior knowledge about the direction, time and altitude of the enemy bomber raid our success rate would be far less. It takes hours to fuel the rockets and they cannot stay on stand-by for days at a time. We also have to know the direction of the raid in order to sent the missiles in the correct direction before the guidance system locates the bombers. If the missiles were launched in the wrong direction initially the guidance system would not be able to see the targets in time.

In addition the knowledge of what type bomber the target is increased our hit rate by a factor of 100%. Without this prior knowledge we would have to set the proximity fuse to a different and not as accurate setting.

I must stress that the prior knowledge that we are receiving is crucial to what success we have with the V3 Wasserfall. Without this knowledge I estimate out success rate would be less then 10%.

Toulouse Eye Witness

Eye witness report
September 5th, 1946
Jean-Pierre Fontaine
Toulouse France

Our agents were able to find a survivor of the Toulouse raid and after several hours they were able to acquire some useful information. The following are the events in Mr. Fontaine’s words translated into English.

It was early in the morning and I was tending to the cows. There had been many air fights over the past weeks so I didn’t think anything of it when I first heard many aircraft engines. Then the noise was joined by a very odd sound like a low rumble and I started to scan the sky for the source of the noise.

Pillars of fire were erupting from the place where Dubois used to farm. It had been taken over by the Russians about a week ago and Dubois was put in jail. The then we heard the roar of many, many American bombers and fighter planes along with hundreds of jets and Russian fighters.

Never had I seen such numbers before.

The battle was much lower in the sky than usual so it was easier to see what was happening. The pillars of fire turned out to be rockets. Once they left the ground and flew for a few seconds they seemed to be under the control of the devil. They streaked straight for the American bombers. It was uncanny how they managed to hit the bombers destroying them instantly. The ones that hit seemed to have a mind of their own.

There were about 30 rockets and many hit bombers but the brave Americans kept on flying in formation even with huge gaps in their numbers they still kept on coming. Meanwhile the fighters from each side dueled and died. I saw 2 dozen planes crash myself.

Then the bombs started to fall. They came down like a curtain and they just rolled along exploding and gradually getting closer and closer to Toulouse. As I said their were many gaps in the formation so the curtain was not perfect and gaps appeared where no bombs fell while right next door the whole neighborhood was destroyed but small untouched patches of houses were not touched directly.

My farm is on the East side of Toulouse and the bombers started to bomb from the West. At first it looked like we were to be spared but alas it was not to be.

Note: Mr. Fontaine’s entire family was killed and his farm destroyed.

The noise was beyond description and in fact my ear drums burst shortly after the bombs reached my farm. All I could do was to stand and watch in horror as my whole life…my family disappeared from this earth. I was knocked to the ground and lost consciousness.

When I awoke there was utter silence. I could not even hear my heart beating. I thought I was dead. Then I opened my eyes and saw the hell that was my farm. I fought in the first great war and spent time in the trenches. It was like awaking in a nightmare. I was transported back to no-man’s land once again. Nothing moved for miles. I will never forget the nightmare that my life has become.