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Rockets long predated artillery in war. They were used in medieval China against Mongol armies, in 18th century India against the British, and by the latter in Europe and the Americas in the 19th century. But the difficulty of precise targeting kept rockets from being a major factor in military operations till the Second World War, when the German V- 2, the first truly long range missile, came to be used as a weapon of terror. At the end of the war, captured German rockets and scientists helped begin massive missile development programs in the United States and the Soviet Union. Missiles made devastating nuclear attack possible at short notice.

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