Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp inmates assembled V-2 rockets (+8 color photos)
Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp inmates assembling the V-2 rocket at the Mittelwerk underground secret plant in a mountain range near the town of Nordhausen. Thuringia, Germany, July 1944.
About the Mittelwerk Secret Factory
Mittelwerk is the largest military underground secret plant in a mountain range near the town of Nordhausen. Intended for the nodal assembly of missiles and engines with subsequent bench and general tests. Its construction began in August 1943 for the production of the V-2 and turbojet engines BMW-03 and Jumo-004, used in fighters and bombers. Used in the years 1943-1945. Actual mass production from January 1944 to March 1945. 5946 missiles were produced instead of the target 13500 pieces. The main reason was called sabotage of prisoners working in the workplace. Hundreds of people were hanged and shot for sabotage.
Two prisoners of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp assemble an electronic panel of the V-2 rocket under the control of a German technician
Due to poor lighting in the tunnels of the plant, additional lighting devices were specially delivered for this survey. The far right in the near row (looking at the photographer) is Frenchman Leon Navaro, who recognized himself in the photograph 55 years later. He was a prisoner of a concentration camp under number 40629. According to his recollections, the picture was taken in workshop No. 28, which mainly employed Belgians, Dutch and French.
Prisoners of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp working on the assembly of radio electronics for V-2 rockets
Prisoner of the Dora-Mittelbau concentration camp and engineers setting up the V-2 rocket equipment