The World War II Photo of the Week
for 9 October 2000
|Another Nazi Hope Dashed
This Nazi antiaircraft robot, called the "Schmettering," was supposed to be used against Allied planes. Capable of speeds of up to 600 miles per hour, with a ceiling of 50,000 feet, this radio-controlled projectile was under construction at an underground factory near Nordhausen, Germany. Mass production was about to commence when the factory was captured by American troops. (The example pictured was constructed from parts found in the factory.) The robot missile was designed by Professor Wagner, chief designer for the Junkers aircraft firm and father of the Ju87 Stuka and the Ju88. ACME photo dated July 25, 1945, from the Webmaster's collection.