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Walter Dornberger
Dornberger
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany, later United States
Date of Birth: 1895
Date of Death: 1980
Cause of Death: Natural Causes
Occupation: Scientist, soldier
Professional Affiliations: Bell Aircraft Corporation
Military Branch: Wehrmacht
Turtledove Appearances:
Worldwar
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): Second Contact;
Down to Earth;
Aftershocks
Type of Appearance: Direct
Occupation: Scientist, Soldier, Politician
Military Branch: Reich Rocket Force
Major-General Dr. Walter Robert Dornberger (6 September 1895 – 27 June 1980) was a German Army artillery officer whose career spanned World War I and World War II. He was a leader of Germany's V2 rocket program and other projects at the Peenemunde Army Research Center.

Walter Dornberger in Worldwar

Walter Dornberger was a general in the Luftwaffe in World War II and the father of German rocketry. He designed the V2 Rocket, which was used against the Race late in the war touched off by their invasion of Earth in 1942.

Following the war, Dornberger became commander of the Reich Rocket Force. He was not a supporter of the Nazi Party and was especially unhappy with his country's genocide against the Jews. He supported one of his astronauts, Johannes Drucker, when Drucker's wife Käthe was accused of having a Jewish grandmother in 1962.

In 1965, Dornberger disagreed with the decision of the new Führer and Chancellor, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, to fulfill his predecessor Heinrich Himmler's plan to provoke a war with the Race by invading Poland. During the ensuing Race-German War of 1965, Dornberger did his duty as a German general as best he could, with no hope of victory.

When Kaltenbrunner and everyone else senior to Dornberger were killed, Dornberger assumed the office of Führer and Chancellor and ordered Paul Schmidt, the German ambassador to the Soviet Union, to ask Soviet General Secretary Vyacheslav Molotov to mediate a peace settlement with the Race. Dornberger's leadership of Germany's postwar reconstruction was skillful in the extreme: he satisfied the Race that Germany was complying with the arms limitations and other harsh terms the Race had set while secretly stockpiling atomic bombs and rocket technology. Within a few decades of the war's end Germany was once again able to threaten the Race.

Dornberger also loosened the oppressive policies of his Nazi predecessors. Symbolic of this was his granting of an audience to Jewish militia leader Mordechai Anielewicz.

Political offices
(Worldwar)
Preceded by
Ernst Kaltenbrunner
Führer and Chancellor of Germany
1965-1980(?)
Succeeded by
Unknown
Military offices
(Worldwar)
Preceded by
New agency
Head of Reich Rocket Force
1942-1965
Succeeded by
A period of vacancy, afterwards Johannes Drucker

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