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On August 17th 1943, acting on aerial photography, 600 British bombers attacked the secret rocket base at Peenemünde. Their mission was to destroy the threat of Hitler's new vengeance weapons. As a result of the raid, the Nazis moved the testing and production of these weapons out of the reach of allied air attacks.

The new production site of the V2 was established in the Harz mountains, near Nordhausen, in an underground factory called the Mittelwerk. A disused mine that needed to be expanded to cope with the production needs of the V2 rocket.

8,000 POW's were used as slave labour to excavate new tunnels for the disused mine, which would allow the Nazis to go into mass production of the V2 rocket. It took five long months to complete the Mittelwerk factory and make it operational. The workers had to endure hideous conditions under the watchful eye of the brutal SS.

After the British air raid on Peenemünde the SS took over the production of the V2 rocket. The SS were also in total control over the concentration camps. To supply the Mittelwerk with a labour force the SS took POW's from Buchenwald, a network of concentration camps. The largest camp of the network was known as "Dora".

SS Colonel Hans Kammler was in charge of the slave labour force used in the production of the V2 rocket. Kammler had been part of the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto, and also later responsible for the designing and building of the crematorium at Auschwitz concentration camp.

Although "Dora" was not an extermination camp the SS did make examples of the workers. Anybody suspected of sabotage were hanged. Prisoners would walk under the dead bodies that were hanging over the entrance, and this was to act as a terrible reminder to all.

Later "Dora" would receive its own crematorium, which allowed the Nazis to burn the corpses of the dead slave labourers, of which there were many on a daily basis. All in all 30,000 POW's were used to produce this terror weapon, 20,000 died in such a short period of time. Some survived to tell their story. When the camp was liberated its full horror was realized.

Kammler escaped justice at the end of the war by having his adjutant shoot him. A fate better than being captured by the allies.

Von Braun, although not directly involved with the Mittelwerk, almost certainly knew what was going on, and the surviving prisoners would always hold him morally responsible for their treatment and their fate.

Mittlewerk
Entrance to the Mittlewerk.
Factory
Inside the factory.
Aftermath
Aftermath.

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