299: HELMUT ZOIKE V2- ROCKET MANUSCRIPT
HITLER'S SECRET WEAPON299. HELMUT ZOIKE
(1915-2005). Rocket propulsion scientist and engineer. Member of German Peenemünde rocket team under the direction of Dr. Wernher von Braun. He came to America and worked with Von Braun as a member of the German Rocket Team in the United States after World War II. Important handwritten manuscript in German, 17½pp, 6"x9", n.p., ca. 1940. Attributed to Eng[ineer Helmut] Zoike at top of two pages. Untranslated. In bold pencil, is written an amazingly detailed mechanical description covering every aspect of the construction and operation of the German V-2 rocket developed at Peenemünde and references the Wasserfall and other designs. The first successful test flight occurred Oct 3, 1942, with Zoike at control panel. This manuscript contains six technical drawings, including the rocket itself. Some sections and prose are underlined or otherwise marked in red indelible pencil. Comprising three sections, the pages are bound with old clear tape at top edge. The manuscript evidences normal wear especially at old folds; old paper clip stains; light general dusting; general even toning; else in very good condition. The V-2 was the first ballistic missile launched into space, over 3000 being launched against the Allies in WW II. Beginning in 1944, they targeted Belgium, France, England and the Netherlands.
Brief note accompanying manuscript states a soldier brought it back to the United States. Est: $1800-2800Presented by Signature House