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Operation Paperclip-- the end of Nazi Germany; the start of our Space Program

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At the end of World War II, there was a race between the Russians and the Americans to plunder the scientific knowledge of the Nazi regime. Operation Paperclip was the code name this technically illegal program operated under.

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Operation Paperclip-- the end of Nazi Germany; the start of our Space Program

  1. 1. OPERATION PAPERCLIP
  2. 2. This was an OSS, Office of Strategic Services, program which brought over 1,500 Germans to the United States after World War II. Operation Paperclip
  3. 3. The OSS was in a race with the Russians at the end of the world to reap the cream of the Nazi scientific corps and utilize them. The OSS was the precursor to the CIA. Operation Paperclip
  4. 4. President Truman formally signed the authorization for Paperclip in August 1945, but the race for the Nazi braintrust had even as the war ended. Operation Paperclip
  5. 5. Truman’s order prohibited any person who had been an “active supporter of Nazi militarism”. This exclusion was often ignored. The most valued scientists came out of the Nazi missile program. Operation Paperclip
  6. 6. There were also scientists who’d worked in the Nazi chemical weapons program. There was also Operation Alsos which focused on Nazi nuclear scientists and Operation TICOM which went after German cryptologists. Operation Paperclip
  7. 7. Werner Von Braun is one of the more famous of these scientists. He worked on the V-2 program and then the United States rocket program, especially the Apollo program. He’d been a member of the Nazi Party and the SS. Operation Paperclip
  8. 8. Also part of Operation Paperclip, was the recruitment of Japanese scientists and doctors from the infamous Unit 731. That is the subject of a different slideshare. Operation Paperclip
  9. 9. It is estimated that Paperclip scientists ended up contributing over 10 billion in patents and industrial processes, as well as critical help to our space program. Operation Paperclip
  10. 10. Do the ends justify the means? Besides wanting the expertise, and denying it to the Russians, another aspect of Paperclip was to remove these scientists from post-war Germany so they couldn’t contribute to their own country. Operation Paperclip
  11. 11. What if there were more to Operation Paperclip than we know? Parts of it are still classified to this day. While Von Braun and others worked at Fort Bliss, what if some were sent to Area 51 to study a rather unique problem? Operation Paperclip
  12. 12. A maxim of writing is: Write What You Know. The links that follow represent that and three additions. I have four pillars to my stories and you'll see that reflected: What I know? What do I want to know What interests me? What am I passionate about? This is updated often with new slideshows. Cool Gus and his niece Sassy Becca (below) hope you find it interesting!
  13. 13. In the first book in the Area 51 series, one of those scientists from Operation Paperclip plays a key role. Area 51
  14. 14. Area 51- Book OneSince before the dawning of modern man, an alien mothership and nine abandoned flying saucers have been hidden away in Area 51, a top-secret military base in the Nevada desert. There, scientists have studied the crafts, hoping to unlock the secrets of the alien technology and, perhaps, the origins of life on Earth. But now a deranged general wants to activate the mothership’s interstellar drive—and the consequences could prove catastrophic for humankind. Dr. Hans Von Seeckt—an elderly scientist, ex- Nazi, and original member of the Area 51 research team—joins up with the president’s science adviser, Dr. Lisa Duncan, and Special Forces officer Mike Turcotte to put a stop to the planned test flight and tell the public the truth about Area 51. Meanwhile, a brilliant archaeologist, Professor Nabinger, discovers a message on runes found in ancient Egypt that could change everything we think we know about human evolution and the role that alien visitation may have played in it.
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