V-1 rocket campaign
The name of the rockets, V, came from the German word Vergeltungswaffen, which means weapons of reprisal. The first generation, the V-1, was developed by German scientists at the Peenemünde research facility on the Baltic Sea, under the direction of Wernher von Braun. The V-1 rocket was outfitted with an explosive warhead weighing one tonne. These bombs caused considerable damage. The attacks against London began on June 13, 1944, a week after the D-Day landings. At the beginning, up to 100 V-1s fell every hour on London. Over an 80 day period, more than 6,000 persons were killed and over 17,000 were injured. A million buildings were wrecked or damaged. The attacks occurred around the clock in all types of weather which caused terror among the population.
In the 16° Virgo rising horoscope for the UK, the Saturn - Jupiter period was operating from 16 June 1943 to 28 December 1945. The major period of 6L Saturn in infancy and badly placed in 12H is consistent with the UK being involved in conflict abroad while enduring significant losses. Indeed, the UK was attacked from the air in 1940-41 and again in 1944-45. The nation sacrificed its young men to the war and despite the best efforts of the military, the nation lost its status as the preeminent military power in the world during WW II. The USA quickly moved in and usurped that role. The UK also lost some major colonies in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as these countries became independent. By comparison, when the more favourable major period of Mercury -- as 1L in the sun-like 3H -- began at the end of 1945, the UK soon felt the benefits of the Allied victory in Europe Nevertheless, it took the country roughly two decades to wind down its foreign currency imbalances as the widespread use of the Pound Sterling around the world was phased down.