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German rocket engineers after their voluntary surrender to US soldiers towards the end of World War II. From centre left to far right are: Walther Dornberger (1895-1980); Herbert Axter; Wernher von Braun (1912-1977, broken arm in plaster cast); Hans Lindenberg; and Bernhard Tessmann (1912-1988). This surrender took place on 3rd May 1945 in the Bavarian Alps, near the German-Austrian border. Von Braun, who developed the V-2 rocket, had been one of the top targets for US intelligence agents. After the war, he played a central role in developing the rockets used in the Apollo mission to the Moon.
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