The Reichswehr faced with limitations on artillery became interested in rocketry. German Army researchers began testing rockets and missiles in test site established in Kummersdorf in 1932 under the direction of Walter Dornberger. The liquid propellant rockets type A1, A2 and A3 were successfully developed there. Soon Ordnance Department employed the most talented German scientist Werner von Braun , which started to improving the Liquid Propellant Rocket technology. The fledgling Reichswehr’s interest in rocketry was to legally get around the restrictions on the number and size of artillery pieces laid out in the Treaty of Versailles following WWI. Rockets were not included as artillery pieces. This included both liquid fuels and solid propellants. All mentioned activities enabled mass production of V-2 ballistic missiles and ME-163B Komet fighters merely ten years later.
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