At the end of World War II, there was a race between the Russians and the Americans to plunder the scientific knowledge of the Nazi regime. Operation Paperclip was the code name this technically illegal program operated under.
What Was Operation Paperclip? Do the ends justify the means?
This was an OSS, Office of Strategic Services,
program which brought over 1,500 Germans to the
United States after World War II.
The OSS was in a race with the Russians at the
end of the world to reap the cream of the Nazi
scientific corps and utilize them.
The OSS was the precursor to the CIA.
President Truman formally signed the authorization
for Paperclip in August 1945, but the race for the
Nazi braintrust had started even before the war
Truman’s order prohibited any person who had been an
“active supporter of Nazi militarism”. This exclusion was often
The most valued scientists came out of the Nazi missile
There were also
worked in the Nazi
program. There was
also Operation Alsos
which focused on
which went after
Werner Von Braun is one of the more famous of these
scientists. He worked on the V-2 program and then the
United States rocket program, especially the Apollo
program. He’d been a member of the Nazi Party and
Also part of Operation Paperclip, was the
recruitment of Japanese scientists and doctors
from the infamous Unit 731. That is the subject of
a different slideshare.
It is estimated that Paperclip scientists ended up
contributing over 10 billion in patents and industrial
processes, as well as critical help to our space
Do the ends justify the means?
Besides wanting the expertise, and denying it to the
Russians, another aspect of Paperclip was to
remove these scientists from post-war Germany so
they couldn’t contribute to their own country.
What if there were more to Operation Paperclip
than we know? Parts of it are still classified to this
While Von Braun and others worked at Fort Bliss,
what if some were sent to Area 51 to study a rather
In the first book in the Area 51 series, one of those
scientists from Operation Paperclip plays a key role.
Area 51- Book One
Since before the dawning of modern man, an
alien mothership and nine abandoned flying
saucers have been hidden away in Area 51, a
top-secret military base in the Nevada desert.
There, scientists have studied the crafts, hoping to
unlock the secrets of the alien technology and,
perhaps, the origins of life on Earth. But now a
deranged general wants to activate the
mothership’s interstellar drive—and the
consequences could prove catastrophic for
Dr. Hans Von Seeckt—an elderly scientist, ex-
Nazi, and original member of the Area 51
research team—joins up with the president’s
science adviser, Dr. Lisa Duncan, and Special
Forces officer Mike Turcotte to put a stop to the
planned test flight and tell the public the truth
about Area 51. Meanwhile, a brilliant
archaeologist, Professor Nabinger, discovers a
message on runes found in ancient Egypt that
could change everything we think we know about
human evolution and the role that alien visitation
may have played in it.
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Point and former Green Beret. He’s had over 80 books
published, including the #1 bestselling series Green Berets,
Time Patrol, Area 51, and Atlantis. He’s sold over 5 million
books. He was born in the Bronx and has traveled the world.
He’s lived on an island off the east coast, an island off the
west coast, in the Rocky Mountains, the Smoky Mountains
and other places, including time in East Asia studying martial
He was an instructor and course developer/writer for years
at the JFK Special Warfare Center and School which trains
Green Berets and also runs the SERE school:
Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.