Hillersleben Travel Blog› entry 1 of 1 › view all entries
I visited this town when i was on military excersize here 3 weeks. The town was really impressive! Nobody is living there anywmore but there is one old german guy (still in uniform) who leaves there al by itself in this gost town. He's always ready to tell you a story from the 'old' days. Walking thrue this town really got me a strange feeling of what happend here in the past. Walking on the same pavement hitler walked on! It got me thinking again of al the story's from WWII.
Throughout the Second World War, the town of Hillersleben, Germany was home to one of the Third Reich’s most crucial weapons research centers. At a sprawling facility nestled in the forested hills, a contingent of 150 engineers and physicists developed and evaluated all manner of experimental weapons, a substantial number of which were ultimately adopted by the Nazi war machine.
When Germany surrendered in May 1945, the scientists at Hillersleben were forced to abandon an assortment of death-bringing innovations at various stages of completion. Among these were a rocket-assisted artillery shell which had 50% more range than standard artillery, a 600mm mortar which fired one-ton self-propelled projectiles for up to three and a half miles, a modified Tiger tank which could fire 760-pound rockets up to six miles, and a chain-like projectile made up of small, linked rockets with a range of 100 miles. But the military masterminds’ most sinister ambitions were embodied in their behemoth Sonnengewehr, or “Sun Gun” project��" an orbital weapon intended to exact fiery punishment upon the enemies of the Third Reich, forever establishing their dominance over the genetically inferior Untermenschen of the Earth.