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Cautionary Tales: Into the Black Lair – V2 Rocket (Half 2)


Within the Nineteen Twenties, Germany’s Society for Spaceship Journey boasted a few of the sharpest scientific minds – just like the incandescently good younger Wernher von Braun. But it surely had little or no cash, and progress was gradual.

Then, in 1932, the military made a proposal: it will fund extra severe analysis if the fans on the Society would develop a rocket weapon.

Regardless of a string of failures to launch, von Braun was capable of persuade key powerbrokers in Nazi Germany that they couldn’t afford to disregard rocket expertise. How did he do it? And what occurred when the murderous Heinrich Himmler made a play for the rocket program?

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Additional studying

Important sources for this sequence:

Murray Barber V2: The A4 Rocket from Peenemunde to Redstone

Norman Longmate Hitler’s Rockets

Jean Michel Dora

Michael Neufeld The Rocket and the Reich

Michael Neufeld Von Braun: Dreamer of House, Engineer of Struggle

Michael Neufeld additionally kindly agreed to be interviewed as background for the sequence.

Different sources embrace:

RV Jones Most Secret Struggle

Steven Zaloga V1 Flying Bomb 1942-52

Steven Zaloga V2 Ballistic Missile 1942-52

Freeman Dyson Disturbing the Universe

Walter Dornberger V2

Daniel Lang “A Romantic Urge” The New Yorker 21 April 1950

Bent Flyvbjerg and Dan Gardner How Massive Issues Get Completed

Diane Tedeschi interview with Michael Neufeld Smithsonian Journal 1 Jan 2008

Michael Neufeld “Wernher von Braun, the SS and Focus Camp Labor: Questions of Ethical, Political and Felony Accountability.” German Research Evaluate. 25:57–78. 2002

Adam Tooze Wages of Destruction

Dean Reuter The Hdden Nazi

Brian Crim Our Germans

Annie Jacobsen Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program That Introduced Nazi Scientists to America

Steve Ossad “The Liberation of Nordhausen Focus Camp

Amy Shira Teitel “The Nazi Smoke and Mirrors Escape That Launched American Into The House Age” Motherboard, 15 September 2012




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