Peenemünde is a village in the northeast of the German (Western) part of Usedom Island. It stands near the mouth(s) of the Peene river, on the westmost edge of a long sand-spit on the German Baltic coast. In 1937 the Army Research Center Peenemünde was founded and established as one of five military proving grounds under the Army Weapons Office which experimented and developed Germany's missile program which developed the V2 Rocket, the very first ballistic missile.
The British determined Peenemünde's purpose in 1943, and subjected the base to heavy bombing as part of Operation Hydra. When Peenemünde was overrun by the Soviet Union in 1945, the base was already substantially destroyed. The USSR maintained a base there until it was turned over to East Germany in the 1950s.
Today, it is home to Peenemünde Historical and Technical Information Centre.
Peenemünde in Worldwar
Peenemünde survived both World War II and the Race Invasion of Tosev 3. In the years after, it became home to the Reich Rocket Force, Germany's orbital defense force. Ships flew out of Peenemünde daily, orbitted Earth, and returned home.
Peenemünde was commanded by Lieutenant General Walter Dornberger from the 1930s until the Race-German War of 1965, when it was destroyed by one of the Race's explosive-metal bombs. Dornberger survived, and became the new Führer and Chancellor of Germany.
- Down to Earth, pg. 614