Project abstract: an Anglo-American intelligence operation in 1947 to recover guided weapon technical documentation buried in Germany

James Mills, Graeme Johanson

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    In early 1947, American intelligence organisations learned that there were hidden collections of technical documentation that pertained to World War II German guided weapon development that were not recovered by Allied investigators in 1945. A joint Anglo-American intelligence operation was initiated in February of that year, dubbed ‘Project Abstract’ by the Americans, to recover the caches. Project Abstract was a concerted effort by British and American scientific and technical intelligence experts to round up the last material remains of the World War II guided weapon programmes at the renowned experimental and testing establishments at Peenemünde in northern Germany.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-148
    Number of pages20
    JournalIntelligence and National Security
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2019

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