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

Lehesten
Coat of arms of Lehesten
Location of Lehesten within Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district
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Lehesten is located in Germany
Lehesten
Lehesten
Lehesten is located in Thuringia
Lehesten
Lehesten
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
CountryGermany
StateThuringia
DistrictSaalfeld-Rudolstadt
Municipal assoc.Schiefergebirge
Subdivisions3
Government
 • Mayor (2021–27) Nicole Vockeroth[1]
Area
 • Total35.96 km2 (13.88 sq mi)
Elevation
640 m (2,100 ft)
Population
 (2021-12-31)[2]
 • Total1,596
 • Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
Postal codes
07349
Dialling codes036653
Vehicle registrationSLF
Websitewww.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)[3] was built at a slate quarry at Lehesten at the Thuringia-Bavarian border[4] near Nordhausen (acceptance testing of combustion chamber was also performed at the Lehesten plant).[3] Dr Martin Schilling (the head of testing at Peenemünde)[5] located the Lehesten site,[3] and 400 engineers were moved from Peenemünde to Lehesten, which eventually had 16 liquid oxygen production plants.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Gewählte Bürgermeister - aktuelle Landesübersicht, Freistaat Thüringen, accessed 10 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden, erfüllenden Gemeinden und Verwaltungsgemeinschaften in Thüringen Gebietsstand: 31.12.2021" (in German). Thüringer Landesamt für Statistik. June 2022.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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. ISBN 9780029228951.
  5. ^ McGovern, J (1964). Crossbow and Overcast. New York: W. Morrow. p. 198.
  6. ^ Heike, Hasenaur (October 2008). "Space Pioneers" (pdf). United States Army. p. 6. Retrieved 2008-10-22.