Peenemünde ! ! !

It was a bit of a drive to get here. Northeast of Germany. Near Poland and the Baltic Sea. Why? Well… read on!

The insignia for Peenemünde.

Little huts along the Baltic Sea.

I like the thatched roofs.

The woods around Peenemünde.

What? a sign?

Ammunition-endangered area. Danger of death. Do not enter!

Peenemünde has an interesting history which is complex. Here is the powerplant.

Coal was used for the power plant.

Coal was dropped down a chute, then conveyor belt into the factory.

I like this little crane, small. They used it when the other had problems.

Inside the power plant.

One of the furnaces. They had four boilers to run turbines.

The turbines were removed, but this shows the size. The four turbines were here. The power plant still smells of industrial stuff.

This room is still original. It is the control room for the power plant. So why do they need so much power? Well…

This building was for making liquid oxygen. It takes a lot of energy. The building is now abandoned and condemned. That is too bad, it is huge.

Now why would they need liquid oxygen? Remember its the 1930’s in Germany…

Wernher Von Braun… Rocket Scientist! Who after the war helped the Americans get a man on the moon!!!

1930s Germany, rocketry magazine. I wonder if I could find issues of them!

Nosecone of the rocket!

The rocket motor! It is a bit larger than what I use…

Oooohhhhh!!!! I want one! This is a V2 (Germans called it an A-4) Rocket! Peenemünde was used in the development in this. The problem is that the Nazis used slave labor. Thousands died in the construction of this rocket, yet it laid the groundwork for the space program, satellites, and everything that we put into space.

Liquid oxygen and ethanol/water mixture was the fuel for the rocket.

Nose art on the rocket.

Piston for the catapult launcher for the V1 rocket. Very interesting in how they launched it. The piston was attached to the V1, the steam generator used hydrogen peroxide and potassium permanganate. (nasty stuff!) To create the steam to shoot the piston down the line. shoving the V1 down the ramp. 380mph then ignite the V1 motor which needs that speed to start…

V1 with its little motor. Pulse jet.

Chess set within the museum at Peenemünde.

Griffin on the post office while I was driving towards Peenemünde. Love the brickwork.

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