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For the so-called pilot plant in Peenemünde originally a material storage hall was to be built with a floor area of 180 m by 95 m and a height of 18 m. It was designed by the assembly Schlempp, but never completely executed because of the material shortage. Only the base plate and the siding were completed. The huge hall was designed to store materials needed to mass-produce the A4 rocket.
After the first air raid on Peenemünde in August 1943 and the subsequent relocation of series production to the underground production facility Mittelbau-Dora near Nordhausen, the further expansion of the material storage facility was also stopped. However, the plant was used as a construction yard in the unfinished state, from which the construction sites of the Peenemünde research institutes were supplied with the required building materials. Today, the floor slab of the building is still clearly visible in the terrain, as well as the siding of the building, the loading ramp and the stairs.
The original plan submitted by Dywidag in October 1939 included for Peenemünde no less than three large-scale production halls and a large repair shop and 3 large acceptance test benches. Within the Army Research Institute, the experimental series represents the most monumentally monumental area.
The construction took over the company Dywidag, which already carried out the construction of the Volkswagen plant in Wolfsburg and earlier for the Army Weapons Office - u. a. also in Kummersdorf - had been active. Hall F1 was completed in May 1943, and on June 17, 1943, the first concentration camp inmates arrived at the site. They were accommodated in the basement of the hall. In July 1943 then ran using said prisoners, the standard production of the A4 rocket until the bombing of 17/18. August 1943, the work initially finished. Especially in the F1 production hall, the results of the development on the A4 rocket converged. After the first rockets had been made almost by hand, the basics for series production were worked out and thus the prerequisites for other works or the production of e.g. created in Central Dora.
July 22, 2017
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