The Air Torpedo of Bäckebo: Local Incident and World History


  • Mats Burström Depattmet of Culture and Communication, Södetörn University College
  • Anders Gustafsson The Swedish National Heritage Board
  • Håkan Karlsson Department of Historical Studies, University of Gothenburg



contemporary past, V2-rocket, survey, materiality, memory, remembering process, re-use, reflexivity


In June 1944 a German V2-rocket exploded and crashed in Bäckebo in the province of Småland in southern Sweden. Technically the rocket represented the most modern the world had seen at the time. It laid the foundation for future space flights as well as for the fear of missiles of the Cold War. Today the incident in Bäckebo is largely forgotten or is unknown to people in Sweden. But what traces has the incident left locally? What kinds of memories still exist in the form of material remains and stories? Do parts of the rocket still remain in the ground? Can an archaeological survey for them trigger a process of remembering?


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How to Cite

Burström, M., Gustafsson, A. and Karlsson, H. (2006) “The Air Torpedo of Bäckebo: Local Incident and World History”, Current Swedish Archaeology, 14(1), pp. 7–24. doi: 10.37718/CSA.2006.01.



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