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Old 12-10-2019, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default PEENEMUENDE rocket-science! Krauts to the Moon... A Nazi Legacy.

This is going to be a pretty "lumpy ride-report"....



1) there are no bikes and sensually-swooping bends or cracking gravel-tracks and scenic lookouts
2) even after trying to digest the stuff-seen for weeks now and trying to "sort it into something I can accept"....I'm torn any which way.
3) there is pride and utter shame all at once for being a "Kraut-by-birth"....for what those guys have achieved....and how horribly they fucked up the results of their incredible brilliance.
It left me rattled right down the guts...
4) I'm one of the last ones for museums of any kind (bar automotive/ bike-related)....
but Peenemuende/ Germany turned out a very profound, very sobering experience!

5) yes...the place wasn't unknown to me.
There were rumours about it in the press occasionally during my school years...when it was Russian/ Communist/ Iron-Curtain....TABOO - East-Germany ...

But I had NO BLOODY IDEA of the world-changing scale and still lasting impact of what happened there 75-or-so years-ago.

6) to cut an incredible story very short:
IF Hitler and his Nazi-thugs-scum would have had another year or 2, today's world would be profoundly different. There would be no Trump, no Brexit-bullshit,, no UK, maybe no US/Can etc....They were only a year away from intercontinental ballistic missiles to obliterate the US East Coast cities together with the UK as a whole (and bloody-minded enough to actually DO IT!) and they had the manufacturing means for large-scale production in 1943/44!! (as proven by the numbers produced of V1 and V2 rockets, forerunners of the subsequent "V3+V4s" under development)
It would have been "Sergeant Schultz" on the moon instead of Armstrong and his mates, too...

IT WAS OHHH_SOO_BLOODY_CLOSE!

Scary??
OH, SWEET JEEZAZ!



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Old 12-10-2019, 06:51 PM   #2
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Old 12-10-2019, 06:52 PM   #3
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..... There would be no Trump .....
And the problem with that is?

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Old 13-10-2019, 11:38 AM   #4
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Default Re: PEENEMUENDE ROCKET-SCIENCE!! Krauts to the Moon... A Nazi Legacy.

Will be interesting to read your take on it, Pete. I've read a little about Peenemuende in relation to the space race. Would have been a much different history if things had turned out as you said, or if Von Braun had been captured by the Soviets, could have been a very one sided cold war
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Old 17-10-2019, 02:51 PM   #5
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Will be interesting to read your take on it, Pete. I've read a little about Peenemuende in relation to the space race. Would have been a much different history if things had turned out as you said, or if Von Braun had been captured by the Soviets, could have been a very one sided cold war
Sorry for draggin' my arse... just can't find the time to write this up at the moment.
There's lots more from the Aug/Sept trip, but Peenemuende turned out an absolute stumper.
Just somewhat difficult to bring across as most of the surrounding circumstances of the period played so heavily and are (today still) pretty involved.

And downright scary when putting all the bits together.
The scale and repercussions of the whole thing are mind-blowing
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