Monday, 2 March 2015

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun


Branch: Civilian
Born: 23 March 1912 in Wirsitz, Poland.
Died: 16 June 1977 in Alexandria, Virginia, USA.

Technical University of Berlin 1930
Doctorate in physics 27 July 1934
Waffen-SS May 1940
Professor 1940

War Merit Cross
Knight's Cross First Class with Swords

Personal Information:

Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun was born in Wirsitz, Poland, on 23 March 1912 and was to become a rocket engineer and designer During World War II.

Wernher von Braun was the son of Magnus Freiherr von Braun and Emmy von Quistorp Wernher von Braun also had a brother also called Magnus Freiherr von Braun.

Wernher von Braun childhood was greatly influenced by Max Valier and Fritz von Opel who had established world speed records with rocket powered cars, von Braun was even arrested in his youth by emulating what Max Valier and Fritz von Opel had done. By attaching fireworks to a toy car and igniting them on a crowded street, the local police then took von Braun into custody.

Wernher von Braun was an accomplished musician and could play a number of instruments the cello and of course, the piano and was able to play Bach and Beethoven from memory. During this period, he even took lessons from Paul Hindemith.

von Braun earlier education did not run smoothly. He attended the boarding school at Ettersburg Castle near Weimar, due to his poor performance he was moved to Hermann-Lietz-Internat on the East Frisian North Sea island of Spiekeroog.

Wernher von Braun enrolled at the technical University of Berlin while at the University of Berlin Wernher joined Verein für Raumschiffahrt (VfR, the Spaceflight Society) whilst a member of VfR he helped Willy Leyin along Hermann Oberth with his liquid fuelled rocket motor tests.

On 14/15 March 1944 Walter Riedel, Wernher von Braun, Magnus von Braun, and Helmut Gröttrup were arrested and held at the Gestapo prison (Polizei Präsidium) in Stettin. It was only through the Abwehr in Berlin that Walter Robert Dornberger was able to negotiate Wernher von Braun conditional release, and with the intervention of Albert Speer (Reichsminister for Munitions and War Production) managed to convince Adolf Hitler to reinstate Wernher von Braun so that the Aggregate 4 (A-4) V-2 rocket program could continue.


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