1962 Northern Co-operative Society : Weapons of World War II

1962 Northern Co-operative Society : Weapons of World War II



Weapons of World War II trading cards were issued in 1962 by Northern Co-operative Society Ltd. of Aberdeen, Scotland. The illustrated 25-card collection showcases aircraft, vehicles, and weapons used during World War II. Each card measures approximately 1.375 x 2.625 inches (35 x 67 mm).

1962 Northern Co-operative Society : Weapons of World War II #10 - V-2 Rocket

The series includes a "V.2 Rocket" illustration based on a declassified U.S. Army diagram published in November 1944 titled "A-4 Long-Range Rocket." The German Vergeltungswaffe 2 (V-2) guided ballistic missile, originally designated as Aggregat 4 (A-4), was developed under the direction of Wehrner von Braun at the Peenemünde Army Research Center.

A-4 MW 18014 is the first object launched into sub-orbital space. On June 20, 1944, A-4 MW 18014 was fired from Peenemünde to an apogee of 109 miles (176 km). Germany launched the first V-2 attacks to reach Paris and London on September 8, 1944.

From 1945–1951, General Electric constructed 67 rockets from captured German V-2 components. The first American space launch was conducted at White Sands on May 10, 1946. Hermes V-2 No. 3 was fired to an apogee of 70 miles (112.7 km). The first animals in space were fruit flies placed inside the nose cone of Hermes V-2 No. 20. The Blossom 1 biological experiment was launched from White Sands on February 20, 1947.

1962 Northern Co-operative Society : Weapons of World War II #10 - V-2 Rocket

"This German V.2 long-range rocket was much more deadly than the V.I. It was 46' 11" long and had two sensitive electrical fuses which were employed to give instantaneous detonation with maximum blast effect. Its total weight was 12.7 tons, the maximum velocity was 3,500 m.p.h. and the maximum range 200 miles."


White, L. D. Final Report, Project Hermes V-2 Missile Program. Report No. R52A0510. General Electric Company, Defense Products Group, Aeronautic and Ordnance Systems Divisions, Guided Missiles Department. [September 1952]


Weapons of World War II
1 Rocket Launcher
2 Stuka Dive-Bomber
3 Browning Machine Gun
4 "Human Torpedo"
5 Cromwell Tank
6 .30 Machine Gun
7 Giant Tank
8 The U-Boat
9 Gun Motor Carriage
10 V.2 Rocket
11 V.1 Flying Bomb
12 Grenades
13 The Spitfire
14 Flame-Thrower
15 Anti-Aircraft Tank
16 "Bazooka"
17 "Schwere Gustav" (Schwerer Gustav)
18 Self-Propelled Gun
19 M.3 Sub-Machine Gun
20 The "Buffalo"
21 Torpedo-Carrying "Swordfish"
22 Mines
23 Midget Submarine
24 "Long Tom"
25 Churchill Tank


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