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"We have invaded space with our rocket and for the first time. We have used space as a bridge between two points on the earth; we have proved rocket propulsion practicable for space travel. This third day of October, 1942, is the first of a new era of transportation, that of space travel"
—General Walter Dornberger

   General Walter Dornberger and German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun were two men with a vision. The drive, energy and resourcefulness of Dornberger, mated with the ingenuity and passion of von Braun, created one of the greatest technological achievements of this century. The fact that this achievement was the product of the ruthless regime of Nazi Germany—and the fact that many thousands of people died as a result of its production and deployment—taint the image of what otherwise would be considered a monumental technological triumph.

   This is the A-4/V-2 Resource Site. It is devoted to one of the most awesome weapons of WWII - the V-2 rocket. The V-2 or Aggregat 4, was the first long range ballistic missile to be actively used in combat. This huge German rocket hurtled a one-ton warhead 50 miles high and hundreds of miles down range to its target. This site will try to give you an accurate account of the design, production and combat deployment of this weapon during World War 2.

   In an attempt to build a historical record, this website will exclude any political agendas. This website does not support any ideology of Nazi Germany. 

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Operation Backfire
A-4/V-2 British Reconstruction and Field Tests, Film Showing Full Firing Procedures, Vehicles, Cuxhaven/Altenwalde.
   Operation Backfire was designed to completely evaluate the entire V-2 assembly, interrogate German personnel specialized in all phases of it, and to fire test missiles. V-2 component tech, battery vehicles, detailed launching procedures by German rocket troops.

   Original compilation from College Park master. Operation Backfire—organized by the British authorities immediately after the end of hostilities in Europe—was designed to completely evaluate the entire V-2 assembly, interrogate German personnel specialized in all phases of it, and then actually launch several missiles across the North Sea. Following the successful conclusion of the tests, the War Office in London issued this documentary film, along with a 5-volume published report, detailing these operations.

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V-2 Rocket White Sands/Post-War
WSPG, V-2 Component Tech, On-board Cameras, with Captured German Scientists.
   Rare Army and newsreel film from the early days of American rocket research following the end of WWII. Includes early scenes of White Sands Proving Ground, rocket research, systems analysis, onboard photography, high altitude research and telemetry. B/W and color sequences, some with audio narration.

   Germany’s top rocket scientists agreed to continue their rocket work in America for the United States government. Along with trainloads of captured German missiles and equipment, they arrived at Fort Bliss in early 1946. By March 1946 the first captured V-2 was static test fired at White Sands and in April 1946 the first V-2 was launched. From 1946 to 1951 the Army generated an increasing expertise in rocket technology and launched 67 V-2s from White Sands, establishing high altitude and velocity records that reached to the very edge of space.

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Rare German Film Reels
A-4/V-2 Firings, A-4/V-2 Field Maintenance, Field Trials, Transport, and Firings + Misfires Peenemünde
   Rare and unedited German V-2 rocket film reels from World War Two. These films were used by the engineers and scientists to study the performance of test missiles launched from locations such as Peenemünde, Heidelager, and Heidekraut.

   Includes scenes of Field Equipment Testing, Rocket Servicing, Rocket Transportation and Field Maintenance. Shown are: Field Tests from Prüfstand 10 in the summer of 1943. Firings from Prüfstand VII in March-April 1943. Field Tests show vehicles - early preparing - fueling. Original film of German instructional movie about Field Maintenance shot at Blizna, with many scenes showing special instruments. This collection of captured German V-2 rocket film reels will not be found anywhere else.

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