During the lead-up to the Second World War, the American scientific and military establishments were worried that German advances in rocket technology might seriously threaten an American counterattack, allowing the Germans to continue devastating Britain despite Allied advances. Although these fears were somewhat exaggerated, as the V-2 rocket was never implemented on the scale the Nazis had originally intended, the threat of the V-2 remained a significant psychological weapon, holding the British public in constant terror, even as the tide of the war turned in the Allies’ favor. Once the war was over, the American government immediately whisked away many of the German scientists involved in the rocketry programs (among others) to American soil in Operation Paperclip (in order to gain their expertise, and perhaps more importantly, to keep them from the Soviets).

Thus, it is with considerable dismay that I relate the following sad, sobering news.

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