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The Peenemünde Wind Tunnels In , On Orders From The German Air Ministry, Young Physicist Peter P Wegener Left The Russian Front And Reported To The Baltic Village Of Peenem Nde His Assignment Was To Work At The Supersonic Wind Tunnels Of The Rocket Laboratories Of The German Army Here Wernher Von Braun Led A Team That Developed The V , The World S First Large Rocket Powered Guided Missile, And Laid Much Of The Groundwork For Postwar Rocket Development In This Fascinating Book, Wegener Recounts His Experiences During Hitler S Time, World War II, And His Years At Peenem Nde He Tells How He Was Working One Night In August When The Allies Bombed The Laboratories, But Left The Wind Tunnels Undamaged The Tunnels Were Moved To Bavaria, And Wegener Was Ordered To Follow In After The War, The Tunnels Were Moved Again This Time To The United States, Accompanied By The Author And Other German Scientists Shortly Before The End Of The War, Wegener Visited Germany S Underground V Production Plant To Retrieve Archival Material On Aerodynamics That Had Been Stored In Caves For Safekeeping He Describes The Appalling History Of The Concentration Camps Where SS Guards Watched Over Inmates Who Toiled Underground In Inhuman Conditions And Often Did Not Survive A Photoessay Enhances This Remarkable Memoir

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  1. says:

    Peter Wegener was born in Berlin in 1917 As a nephew of the discoverer of continental drift, he studied geophysics at a university In 1938 he was drafted into the Luftwaffe as an antiaircraft artilleryman, and when World War II broke out, fought in France and Russia In November 1941 he learned that German soldiers who had served for at least three years and studied science and engineering for at least four semesters could apply for a semester long academic leave, and so he did, and returned to the front after the semester was over He did the same next year however, in February 1943 he received orders to return to the front, saying that the academic leave had been a mistake Fortunately for Wegener, one of his uncles was a crew mate of Hermann G ring during World War I, and the Reich Minister of Aviation seems to have interceded on his behalf So Wegener was interviewed by a lieutenant colonel who asked him, what he knew of antiaircraft artillery, declared his knowledge old stuff , said that soon aircraft would be shot down by entirely different means, and told Wegener that from now on, he would work on supersonic wind tunnels Wegener didn t know what supersonic means, but didn t let the lieutenant colonel on to that, and just answered, Jawohl So for the next two years Wegener did work on the Wasserfall surface to air missile in a supersonic wind tunnel first at the Peenem nde Army Research Center, and next, after the British raid in August 1943 damaged much of the research facility, in a small town in Bavaria next to a large hydroelectric plant, which supplied electricity to the wind tunnel Unlike its big sister the V 2, the Wasserfall was not operationally ready when Germany lost the war After the war was over, the Americans showed great interest in the weapons of the future, so the wind tunnel was disassembled and reassembled at the Naval Ordnance Laboratory in White Oak, Maryland, the United States Many researchers followed, including Wegener, like his famous Peenem nde colleagues Wernher von Braun and Walter Dornberger When asked, whether he had ever been a member of an organization whose aim was the overthrow of the U.S government, Wegener answered truthfully, yes, the Luftwaffe fortunately, the interviewer didn t take this answer seriously Eventually Wegener legalized himself in the U.S properly, went to work at the JPL, and later became a professor at Yale University he worked on supersonic and hypersonic wind tunnels through the rest of his professional life.Other than the autobiographical narrative, the short book also has the author s thoughts on the Holocaust, on Wernher von Braun, on Operation Paperclip, and on the merits and flaws of different books on Peenem nde they are not that interesting.

  2. says:

    Interesting account of a soldier who worked on scientific research for the Nazis during the WWII He also describes firsthand his experiences in Operation Paperclip.

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