Horst Korsching
Historical Figure
Nationality: Germany (born in Prussia)
Date of Birth: 1912
Date of Death: 1998
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Physicist, Author of Non-Fiction
Fictional Appearances:
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Direct (unnamed)
Date of Death: 1947
Cause of Death: Shot to death

Horst Korsching (12 August 1912 – 21 March 1998) was a German physicist. He was arrested by the allied British and American Armed Forces and incarcerated at Farm Hall for six months in 1945 under Operation Epsilon.

Horst Korsching in The Man With the Iron Heart[]

Horst Korsching (1912-1947) was one of several scientists captured by the German Freedom Front in 1946.[1] It had been Reinhard Heydrich's hope that the scientists might build the GFF an atomic bomb. Karl Wirtz disabused Heydrich of that notion.[2]

Nonetheless, Korsching and his fellows were held in the underground Alpine Redoubt until 1947. When American forces arrived, Heydrich escaped, and ordered Korsching and several other scientists killed.[3]

Literary Comment[]

Korsching isn't specifically named in the text, but there are several references to the group of ten scientists. There is no reason to think that the Point of Divergence somehow changed the composition of the group.


  1. The Man With the Iron Heart, pg. 202-204.
  2. Ibid., pgs. 227-228.
  3. Ibid., pg. 467.