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5 September 2019 (by admin (admin))

21st September - To be a Pilgrim 12th October - Hitler's Vengance weapons


To be a Pilgrim the 400 Anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower

21 September   1pm to 2.30pm

The Mayflower left England with the ship Speedwell on 15 August 1620. It carried Pilgrims from England and Holland. The Speedwell turned out to be unseaworthy. Both ships were twice forced to return to England. The Mayflower finally left Plymouth, on 16 September 1620. On 19 November 1620, they spotted land. Their destination was the Virginia Colony but the ship was damaged so were forced to land Cape Cod on 21 November.

The Passengers lived on the ship for a few months. They went ashore to build shelters in the day, then returned to the ship at night. About half the people died in the winter of 1620-21. In March 1621, there were enough shelters for everyone to live on land.

Learn what it was like to be a Pilgrim and open up a new world.

Hitler’s Vengeance weapons   October 12 1pm to 2.30pm

On 13 June 1944, the day the first flying bombs hit London. A week before, on D-Day, Allied armies had invaded German-occupied France. Soon after that first V1 strike, Soviet armies launched a massive offensive against German forces in Poland. From the skies over Germany, British and American bombers were able to raid German cities at will. In the face of this disastrous strategic situation, Germany deployed its 'revenge weapons in a bid to terrorise British civilians and undermine morale. Nazi propaganda hailed these weapons as 'wonder weapons' - also known as the 'doodlebugs' or 'buzz bombs' on account of the distinctive sound they made when in flight - were winged bombs powered by a jet engine. Launched from a ramp, or later from adapted bomber aircraft, the V1's straight and level flight meant that many were shot down before they reached their targets. 29 V1 Flying Bombs fell in the Borough during June - October 1944. They killed 13 people and injured 251. 86 properties were destroyed, 200 seriously damaged and 9,000 suffered blast damage.

The first V2 hit London on 8 September 1944. A streamlined rocket which stood as tall as a four-storey building. Powered by a rocket engine burning a mix of alcohol-water and liquid oxygen, the V2 blasted its way to the edge of space, before falling back to Earth at supersonic speed.