- File Size: 1406 KB
- Print Length: 317 pages
- Publisher: Lume Books (October 25, 2016)
- Publication Date: October 25, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MFCSZ0K
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It exposes the evil of the treaty of Versailles that fueled the hate for future hostillities throughout the World.
Operation Paperclip was the US program used to recruit the scientists of Nazi Germany for employment by the United States in the aftermath of World War II (1939-45). The splitting of Germany to the four allied powers had been mapped and agreed upon early in 1945. At the same time the United States was concentrating their bombing on targets that would fall into Russian hands. Nice way to treat an ally right? The primary purpose of Operation Paperclip was to deny German scientific knowledge and expertise to both our allies: the USSR and the UK. The recruitment of German scientists began after the European Allied victory (VE Day May 8, 1945), though "US President Harry Truman did not formally order the execution of Operation Paperclip until August 1945."
Germany found itself at a logistical disadvantage failing to conquer the USSR 'The failed conquest had depleted German resources and by early 1943, the German government began recalling from combat huge numbers of scientists, engineers, and technicians. The plan: to bolster German defense for a protracted war with the USSR. The recall included 4,000 rocketeers returned to Peenemünde, in northeast coastal Germany, to wit: Overnight, Ph.D.s were liberated from KP duty, masters of science people were recalled from orderly service, mathematicians were hauled out of bakeries, and precision mechanics ceased to be truck drivers.' Nonetheless the War was lost. Excellent German scientists came to the US and continued their scientific work.
At the start of W.W.II Germany had come a long way in their quest for world air power superiority. The country had been severely restricted at the end of WW I. The Treaty of Versailles demanded that Germany surrender all their operational aircraft and agree to suspend even commercial aircraft ideas for 6 months. The idea was to stop German advances in avionics and aircraft development so that the rest of the flying world would not only "catch up" to Germany's technological expertise but ensure that they would be placed at a strategic disadvantage, hopefully, never in a position to recover.
Germany had flying in its soul. They led the world in Glider technology, soaring techniques and Glider Clubs; skirting the restrictions of Versailles these Glider pilots were to become the fighter and bomber pilots of WW II. Germany developed and mapped a plan to one day emerge and avenge their humiliating loss in WW I, promising themselves victory by air power eventually in the future World War II.
The Rise of the Luftwaffe 1918-1940 details specifically the German plan to emerge from its defeat in W.W.I to become the world leader in air power nearly winning W.W.II. It is a must read for anyone studying the History of W.W.II, Avionics, The History of Aircraft; Jet Airplanes, or any related subject where scholarship expertise is a must. I recommend the work without reservation.
a must read
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A very detailed and well written account of German aviation development in the 20s' and 30s'. World war 2 and aviation buffs will enjoy this book.