- Collection ID:
Peenemunde Research and Development Station
- Physical Description:
The German Army and Navy experimental station at Peenemünde, on the North Sea coast of Germany, was established in the mid-1930s to continue the rocketry work begun at Kummersdorf in 1930.
Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of copies of reports from the Peenemünde Archiv 66 series covering aerodynamic work on the V-2 (A4), A5, and Wasserfall missiles.
The collection is divided into two series: first are blueprint copies, which include photographs as illustrations, followed by autopositive copies, which include copy negatives used to produce illustrative photographs. There is significant overlap between these two series. In each series the documents are in order by Archiv Number.
The German Army and Navy experimental station at Peenemünde, on the North Sea coast of Germany, was established in the mid-1930s to continue the rocketry work begun at Kummersdorf in 1930. By the end of World War II (1939-1945) the research station produced a number of successful weapons, including the first surface-to-surface guided missile (V-1), the first ballistic missile (V-2), and the first operational air-to-surface missile (He 293), as well as other designs. The equipment developed at Peenemünde formed the basis for postwar research and designs by both the United States and the Soviet Union.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Unknown, gift, unknown year
This collection is not a complete set of the Archiv 66 series. No information is available regarding the provenance of these copies of the reports, although the autopositive copies were originally housed in United States War Department envelopes, some of which were marked as "for USN."
Researchers should also refer to Peenemünde Technical Reports (Fort Bliss/Puttkamer Collection), NASM Acc. No. XXXX-0192; Captured German/Japanese Air Technical Documents – Peenemünde Guided Missile (PGM) Microfilm (one series of NASM Acc. No. XXXX-0431); and Captured German Documents (World War II) – Fort Eustis (FE) Microfilm, NASM Acc. No. XXXX-0468, for other Peenemünde Archiv series documents.
Using the Collection
Conditions Governing Access note
No restrictions on access
Peenemünde Aerodynamics Reports (Fort Bliss/Puttkamer Collection), NASM.XXXX.0192, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
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