Birth of the Missile : The Secrets of Peenemunde. First American Edition industjacket

By: KLEE, Ernst, and Otto MERK VON BRAUN, Wernher MERK, Otto

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KLEE, Ernst, and Otto MERK. The Birth of the Missile : The Secrets of Peenemunde. With an introduction by Wernher von Braun. Translated by T. Schoeters. New York : E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., (1965). First American Edition. Pp (8),7-126. Illustrated. Maps. Double Column. Large 8vo, red cloth, black lettering to spine. "After nearly thirty years' silence, the graphic story ofthe German Army rocket research station at Peenemunde - the first in the w orld and the basis for today's space projects - is told in full in this book. The volume combines an authoritative text with a remarkable collection of formerly secret photographs and documents. During World War II, German scientists, engineers, and technicians first developed, in pioneer forms, many of the methods and devices now used in guided missiles and rocket boosters for space exploration. It was at the Peenemunde station on the coast of the Baltic Sea that the bulk of this work was done. The immediate purpose ofPeenemunde was to create such secret weapons as the V2, with which the Ger mans pounded England, northern France, and Belgium in the latter part of the war, and anti-aircraft rockets to help stem the Allied air offensive against the beleaguered Third Reich. Beyond weaponry, however, it was the dreamof one day exploring space and voyaging to the moon and planets that spurr ed the efforts of the two outstanding scientific and engineering figurfes at Peenemunde, General Walter R. Dornberger and Dr Wernher von Braun. Both these men have been active since the war in rocket development programmes inthe United States. The research, the planning, the accicfents, the failure s and the successes that took place at Peenemunde are told here in astonishing detail against the background of World War II, and the unpredictable orders of Hitler and Goring. The authors, one an engineer and controller of the Pennemunde archives, and the other a well-known journalist and specialist. have made a thorough study of the Peenemunde research documents. Their results are illustrated with an outstanding collection of hitherto unused photographs and technical drawings. Yesterday they were state secrets of the highest importance; today they illustrate, in the words of Wernher von Braun, "a historical cross-section of the deveopment of rocketry and space flight". (from the dj). Contents : Introduction The Gall of Space : The last seconds; Disappointed, not disheartened; Experiments without money; Research of consequence. Detour via Weapons : A3 for study purposes; Three steps in one. Birth of a New Strategy : Mass-production battle; A training battery is set up; First shot at Paris. A Climbing Waterfall : Fighting for each engineer; Bottleneck in graphite; Three types. Projects and More Projects. Cradle of Space Travel : Taking to tiie shelters; Unique; The gate is open; Pioneering at HVP. Time Scale. Appendix. Penned name, else very good in edgeworn, price-clipped dustjacket with a few short tears. 40.00

Title: Birth of the Missile : The Secrets of Peenemunde. First American Edition industjacket

Author Name: KLEE, Ernst, and Otto MERK VON BRAUN, Wernher MERK, Otto

Categories: 888,

Publisher: E. P. Dutton & Co., Inc., New York, 1965,:

Seller ID: 115542

Keywords: GUIDED MISSILES WORLD WAR II WW2 GERMANY GERMAN WEAPONRY ROCKETRY SPACE FLIGHT,