(1889-1945) Fuhrer of Germany and Nazi Party leader, Hitler's bloody rise to power, his military seizure of most of Europe and North Africa and his genocidal racial policies culminated in suicide in his Berlin bunker as Russian troops approached. HITLER PROMOTES HIS CHIEF ROCKET SCIENTIST, WALTER DORNBERGER War-date fine association typed D.S., 1p. legal folio, ‘Fuhrerhauptquartier', June 10, 1943, a promotion of WALTER DORNBERGER, German general, rocket scientist and creator of the V-2 from Generalmajor to Oberst. Dornberger (1895-1980) fought in World War I, then worked with Wernher von Braun and other scientists on secret rocket weapons for the German army in the 1930s. Their efforts resulted in the first flight of a true rocket, the V-2 in October 3, 1942. Dornberger remained head of the V-2 project until 1944, when it was placed under the control of the SS. He was replaced by Himmler with Hans Kammler. The disgruntled Dornberger felt that Kammler was unfit to lead the team, and Albert Speer then intervened, transferring Dornberger and his staff to work on rocket anti-bomb defenses for the Luftwaffe. In 1945, Dornberger surrendered to the Allies and was imprisoned in Great Britain for two years before standing trial and finally being allowed to go free. He emigrated to the United States, where he and other displaced German rocket scientists worked for the USAF on the most advanced missile-related research. To Dornberger Hitler once said: ‘I have had to apologize only to two men in my whole life. The first was Field Marshal von Brauchitsch. I did not listen to him when he told me again and again how important your research was. The second man is yourself. I never believed that your work would be successful.' Hitler's other appointee in this document namd ‘Ochsner' may be Willifrank Ochsner (1899-1990), German general and Knight's Cross recipient, but more research is needed to confirm this. Countersigned by RUDOLF SCHMUNDT (1896-1944), General and Chief Adjutant of the armed forces and a close friend of Hitler, mortally wounded in the July 20, 1944 bomb attempt on Hitler's life. Fine condition.

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