WW2 SECRET intelligence report Copy No 278: Rockets and Guided Missiles
CIOS Intelligence Report. XXVIII-56. Combined [British/US] Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (CIOS). June 1945.
** The CIOS report by Geoffrey Gollin of the British Ministry of Supply on Peenemunde, the A.4, Wasserfal, Taifun, and B.M.W. Munich and Berlin. However, this report's major importance lies in the additional Wernher von Braun material it contains.
CIOS 'Black List of targets for urgent investigation' category: Rockets & rocket fuels; Guided missiles
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 39 pages plus 10 folding illustrations at end.
Very good in original stapled card wrappers. Protected in a modern clear archival jacket.
The report is notable for holding the first printing - effectively the first edition - of Dr. Wernher von Braun's remarkable 1945 4,000 word 8-page essay "Survey of Development of Liquid Rockets in Germany and their Future Prospects".
This paper, forecasting many of the future advances in rocketry and space flight, including multi-stage rockets, space stations and moon landings, is a major signpost pointing along the road the US post-war space programme would subsequently travel.
During von Braun's interrogation by British intelligence officers, he presented them with this forward-thinking work, covering both military and non-military areas for research, knowing that it would ensure his acceptance into the United States.
The global and political significance of what von Braun was saying was swiftly recognised by the US authorities and further publication outside the Allied intelligence community was quickly suppressed. Von Braun and his team had found new masters.
It was not until March 1951 that the essay found its way into more open, albeit very limited, print in the Journal of the British Interplanetary Society (vol 10, no. 2, pages 75-80, "by kind permission of the Ministry of Supply").
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