The DDR - Revisited

Prüfstand VII

The famous 23rd June 1943 RAF reconnaissance image of the test stand.

A model of Prüfstand VII.

The author standing at the point of take-off (the red circle).

The engine test exhaust ditch - now filled with stagnant water.

The side wall of the test stand.

Looking in a similar direction today.

You need some imagination to match what remains today to the images of the past........however, there is a real sense of history to be able to stand at the exact take-off point.

One of the information boards.

In mid-1944, as the Nordhausen facility neared completion all the manufacturing plant was brought from Peenemünde and reassembled by hand by the prisoners at Mittelwerk.