In 1943, the Germans began building a launch site for V-1 rockets in a field south of Cherbourg. A number of these simple bases were built throughout northern France. These bases received their rockets and other supplies by rail from production plants. Once at the base, they were prepared and fired off a concrete ramp against England. The simple, basic design and small size of these bases was a conscious choice by the Germans, in an effort to avoid attracting the attention of Allied bombers.
V-1 rocket could not be controlled, therefore the ramp had to point directly towards the target. The ramp at Hardingvast pointed directly at Bristol, which was 135 miles away. The distance from the ramp to the target was important because the V-1 plummeted to the ground either when it ran out of fuel, or when a timer shut off the fuel supply. The system was simple, but not very accurate.
After the Normandy landings in June 1944, the launch site at Hardingvast was behind enemy lines, and thus never fired a single rocket at Bristol.