The time of the soldiers and Nazis

From 1929, the German army - especially the artillerymen - became interested in long-range rockets. These were seen as a way of getting around the prohibitions imposed by the Treaty of Versailles.

Official visit of General Olbricht to Peenemünde

The military took advantage of the amateur rocket societies' difficulties to recruit their most competent members; Von Braun was recruited in 1932. The Nazis, who came to power in 1933, marked the beginning of a series of secret research into rockets. In addition, the credit available for the development of new weapons suddenly swelled.

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