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The Myth of German Wonder Weapons

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Presenter: Michael Neufeld

August 2, 2017 | 12:30pm

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Late in World War II, Nazi Germany deployed a series of exotic new weapons, including the world’s first jet fighter, rocket fighter, cruise missile, and ballistic missile. These deployments were foreshadowed by a campaign of hints and threats from the Propaganda Ministry about the coming “wonder weapons” that would change the course of a war. The actual effects were a lot less than hoped, but the combination of Nazi propaganda and Allied fear launched a myth of German wonder weapons that remains persistent to this day. Join us on Facebook Live as space history curator Michael Neufeld gives an overview of these weapons, their actual effects, and the mythology they launched.

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