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Hitler's Secret Science

45' (ENG)
In the crucible of World War II, Germany’s most brilliant scientists must race to create an arsenal of terrifying new weapons of mass destruction, even an atomic bomb.

Before the war was over, they produced a series of technological firsts that were the basis for many modern day air and spacecraft. This doc reveals the circumstances scientists faced under Hitler, and tracks amazing technological innovations. It highlights major scientific disciplines and the inventions of Wernher von Braun or Werner Heisenberg, among others.

Before the war is over, Germany will produce a series of technological firsts that remain the basis for many modern day air and spacecraft - from a stealth-like trans-Atlantic bomber, to the world’s first cruise missile. Now, seventy years later, secret Nazi files reveal the classified blueprints for these – and many other – devastating ´Wonder Weapons`.

Toward the very end of World War II, Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler still hoped that he could turn the tide to his favor, using state-of the-art technology in the form of newly developed weapons such as the Vengeance One or V–1 was a revolutionary liquid-fueled pulse jet capable of flying 360 miles an hour on autopilot.

In the top-secret scientific complex at Peenemünde, young physicist Dr. Wernher von Braun unknowingly launches the space age with his Vengeance Weapon V-2. In his own laboratory, von Braun and a team of experts build the V-2 in 1943, creating the world’s first long-range ballistic missile and an unstoppable retaliation rocket - at a time when rocketry was little more than a schoolboy fantasy in the United States.
In 1944 a team of German scientists attempted to unlock the secret of nuclear fission to produce electric power. The head of the group was Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg.
Year: 2010
Length: 45' (ENG)
Resolution: HD
Film by: Jürgen Czwienk, Colette Beaudry
Produced by: Discovery Channel, Context TV

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