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Lehesten is a town in the Thuringian Forest, 20 km southeast of Saalfeld.

Lehesten
Coat of arms of Lehesten
Coat of arms
Lehesten   is located in Germany
Lehesten
Lehesten
Location of Lehesten within Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district
Lehesten in SLF.png
Coordinates: 50°28′32″N 11°26′53″E / 50.47556°N 11.44806°E / 50.47556; 11.44806Coordinates: 50°28′32″N 11°26′53″E / 50.47556°N 11.44806°E / 50.47556; 11.44806
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
Municipal assoc. Schiefergebirge
Government
 • Mayor Helmut Färber (SPD)
Area
 • Total 35.96 km2 (13.88 sq mi)
Elevation 640 m (2,100 ft)
Population (2016-12-31)[1]
 • Total 1,665
 • Density 46/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 07349
Dialling codes 036653
Vehicle registration SLF
Website www.lehesten.de

World War II V-2 facilityEdit

After an August 1944 [1] explosion at the Redl-Zipf V-2 liquid oxygen plant at Schlier stopped production, the third V-2 liquid oxygen plant (5000 tons/month)[2] was built at a slate quarry at Lehesten at the Thuringia-Bavarian border[3] near Nordhausen (acceptance testing of combustion chamber was also performed at the Lehesten plant).[2] Dr Martin Schilling (the head of testing at Peenemünde)[4] located the Lehesten site,[2] and 400 engineers were moved from Peenemünde to Lehesten, which eventually had 16 liquid oxygen production plants.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, Gemeinschaftsfreie Gemeinde, erfüllende/beauftragende Gemeinden, Verwaltungsgemeinschaft/Mitgliedsgemeinden in Thüringen". Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik (in German). January 2018. 
  2. ^ a b c Ordway, Frederick I, III; Sharpe, Mitchell R (1979). The Rocket Team. Apogee Books Space Series 36. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell. p. 99. ISBN 1-894959-00-0. 
  3. ^ Neufeld, Michael J (1995). The Rocket and the Reich: Peenemünde and the Coming of the Ballistic Missile Era. New York: The Free Press. p. 207. 
  4. ^ McGovern, J (1964). Crossbow and Overcast. New York: W. Morrow. p. 198. 
  5. ^ Heike, Hasenaur (October 2008). "Space Pioneers" (pdf). United States Army. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-10-22.