Hello my fellow ATS people! Since I reached my 20+ posts I’m now able to open my own thread. As I mentioned in the introduction forum I’m from
Germany and a long-time reader on ATS but decided to sign up finally
I didn't want to post my thread in the UFO discussion forum since I think this
topic is more about the facility in Peenemünde
than UFO technology.
I want to give some insight on a “specific German” topic as I would call it: the mystery surrounding the rocket test facility in Peenemünde, die
Glocke (a.ka. The Nazi Bell) and the “mystery” surrounding German technologies, tested in Peenemünde - just for all you folks that don't have a
chance to travel to this place. Please excuse any bad English!
I would like to start this thread with a trip I took last summer to Peenemünde. I was always interested in UFO stuff so I was excited about any
indications I may find there. I took some pictures, outside - and inside, and will share them later on in this post
Peenemünde is a little town on the Baltic Sea island Usedom in the federal state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and has an expanse of 24,97 km² . Here
you can see its geographical location:
But now let’s leave behind the common stuff and switch over to the good stuff
Peenemünde “came to fame” because of its “Heeresversuchsanstalt” (Peenemünde Army Research Facility). and “Erprobungsstelle der
Luftwaffe” (Peenemünde Airfield). To quote the wikipedia article about it:
“In World War II, the village's docks were used for the ships which recovered V-2 wreckage from launches over the Baltic Sea, and the entire
island was captured on May 5, 1945. The gas plant for the production of liquid oxygen still lies in ruins at the entrance to Peenemünde.”
So me and my friends wanted to trail the mystery of Peenemünde and maybe finding out some new facts. We’ve been on vacation at the Baltic Sea and
made this one-day-trip to this little town called Peenemünde. Entering the town it looked like many other small towns, nothing special at all. We had
to pass a little road among a forested area and arrived at the gates of the Historical Technical Museum Peenemünde. Here are some pictures we took
after passing the main entrance and the obligatory gift shop:
- this is a train used to transport the personell over the huge area to their specific jobs everyday
I watched the UFO Hunters Episode 31 (season 3), Nazi UFOs, and the team also went to Peenemünde to investigate the alleged “contacting” via V2
rockets, which reached space. The guide in the Historical Museum told us that the V2 even weren’t supposed to fligh that high and that there are no
documents supporting the fact that the Nazis ever intended to conatct any outer space life-form.
- this is me in front of a V2 rocket, so you get the dimensions!
Here's the sign in front of the V2:
- it reads: liquid-fuel rocket, aggregate 4. Build year 1942, Peenemünde. Replica with genuine parts. The first successful take off took place on
3rd of Oct. 1942. In a flight duration of about 4 mins 56 sec a firing range of 190,6 km with an absolute ceiling of 84,5 km has been reached.
[specifications] Coloring of the rocket and the painting with the "Girl in the moon" comply with the original painting.
There are also life scale models (actually build with several parts found all over the area) of the V1 rocket (and their launch devices):
After the outside trip we headed over to the Command Center of the facility (you have to remember that A LOT was bombed and destroyed during the
attacks in WWII):
As we headed inside one could "smell" the scent of time. I could only imagine how the personell rushed over the area and over the hallways in the
inside... The next picture shows some broken rocket noses:
The next thing we encountered was a level just with switches (every level in the building was HUGE!!). The switches prepared any launches and
controlled the electricity levels in the hangars - and for the testing of any exotic crafts as the guide told us (I'll get back to that later)
A view out of the window on the "switch level":
The next level had some "windows" embedded in the ground and you could see some nice little mechanic gadgets
There were several other windows (one
with "millions of Reichs-bills", inflatonary money) and some windows indicated that there were additional underground levels:
Here, from another angle, in the same room:
The next room showed a huge map with interesting spots all over the place and you could see how big the facility must have been:
The next picture shows the "information room" and that's where it good exciting!!! As you enter you could read "Geheime Kommandosache" ("Secret
Commando Affairs") in big letters painted on many folders:
There were several exhibits of gadgets in this room. A true paradise for a technology freak like me
The next thing I noticed was a glass case (sorry, my buddy René was in front of it
Operation Paperclip was mentioned A LOT and there was a glass case with experimental aircraft models which actually were built ans tested in the
facility the guide told us. Here’s a picture I took:
As you can see there are some really innovative forms (being in the early 40's) of the aircrafts. I asked the guide if there were any documents or
indications (at least in Peenemünde) which suggested that there had ever been a project called “Die Glocke” and he declined. He told us
afterwards that they obviously tested a new fuel (which *may* found its usage in the Glocke, which I personally doubt) but that's all.
- me in front of another aggregate which was really big
Here you can see a little scale model of the launch facility:
The tour ended with seeing the ("a") factory hall and the incidence of light gave us a shiver, it was scary, can't describe it, atmosphere like in a
Back again outside we could enjoy our sunny day again
Some other pics:
All in all I can say there was nothing special about the rocket test facility Peenemünde regarding any “Bell” technology. Of course there some
great events in history took place and the technology was edge cutting at that time, but that’s just all. I hope you all liked my little report
Feel free to ask questions if you have any!
(I just noticed that content of many pictures is missing, if you're interested in seeing the entire pics, just visit my photo album
on 10/2/2011 by Sauron because: images as per request by OP