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US V-2

After World War II, the United States and Soviet Union captured the German rocket geniuses who had been put to work building the V-1 pulse-rocket and V-2 ballistic missile.

Werner von Braun, who came to the US to advance our missile program, states in his biography that he was using the Nazi war machine to develop technology suitable to spacefaring, for after the war. Whether this was his true intention, we'll never know, but the German V-2 program killed thousands of skilled Jewish and Soviet slaves who worked in the manufacturing caves.

Here's one of the US V-2 rockets von Braun helped build from spare parts.

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