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The Nazi Rocketeers:

Dreams of Space and Crimes of War

Paperback (272 pages), kindle
How Wernher von Braun and his fellow rocket scientists postponed their initial dreams of space travel to create weapons of terror and mass destruction for the Nazis.

The Nazi Rocketeers:

Wernher von Braun is known to many as the brilliant pioneer of rocketry who left Germany after World War II to lead the United States' space program. Until now, few have realized the bloody legacy he left behind in the ruins of the Third Reich.

The Nazi Rocketeers tells the story of how von Braun and his fellow rocket scientists postponed their initial dreams of space travel to create weapons of terror and mass destruction. Not only were they ambitious members of the Nazi movement, but they also, the author argues, collaborated with the SS in exploiting slave labor to build the V-2 rocket.

  • Explores the development of the V-2 rocket
  • A sobering testimony to the consequences of corrupted genius

V-1 Weapons...

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  • 12 Mar 44: Swedes investigate crashed V-1 from research station 40 miles away
  • 13 Jun 44: First V-1 Flying Bomb attack on England, 4 of 11 hit targets
  • 16 Jun 44: V-1 offensive on Britain begins in earnest as 244 flying bombs strike England
  • 19 Jun 44: Air Ministry releases the first official V-1 details
  • 04 Aug 44: First RAF pilot destroys a V-1 flying bomb by tipping its wing
  • 02 Sep 44: Allied advance forces V-1 rocket bases in France to cease operations
  • 06 Sep 44: Victory in the Battle of London is proclaimed after 80 days of V-1 rocket attacks

V-2 Weapons...

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  • 20 Aug 41: Adolf Hitler authorizes the development of the V-2 missile
  • 18 Mar 42: First A-4 rocket explodes on test stand during combustion chamber test
  • 23 Mar 42: Wernher von Braun's team launches its first successful test of an A-4 rocket
  • 22 Apr 43: A British Mosquito photographs German rockets at Peenemunde
  • 27 Jun 43: British Chiefs of Staff circulate V-2 rocket report
  • 28 Jun 43: RAF reconnaissance plane conclusively identifies Peenemunde V-2 launch site
  • 13 Aug 43: B-24s bomb factory making V-2 parts, unknowingly setting program back
  • 20 May 44: Polish underground captures, dismantles V-2 rocket intact, sends to England
  • 08 Sep 44: First of over 3,000 German V-2 rockets hit Paris and London
  • 27 Mar 45: The 1,115th and last V-2 rocket reaches England
  • 02 May 45: Wernher von Braun surrenders to US troops

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