Walter Thiel (* March 3, 1910 in Breslau; † August 18, 1943 in Karlshagen near Peenemünde) was a German Chemist and Rocket Scientist.
Thiel delivered the major ideas for the A4 Rocket mechanism and made it with his research possible to fly a rocket into space. The A4 showed the basics for the later development of space rockets in the USA and also the Soviet Union. Regrettably the A4 was also used in the war as a weapon of terror and used in propoganda purposes under the model V2.
The very comprehensive and very well reviewed book "THE V2. Entwicklung - Technik - Einsatz" by Murray R. Barber, published by Motorbuch-Verlag (ISBN 978-3-613-04311-4) has arrived at my house. The book is fantastically illustrated and definitely a new standard work. Thanks go to the author for honouring my support with mentions.
The Association of German Students Aachen-Breslau II was founded 100 years ago. A commemorative publication was published on this occasion. In Chapter 4 (from p. 198), Walter Thiel is frequently mentioned, who was active in the student fraternity Breslau II from July 1929 (admission as Fux) until the end of his studies. He presumably ended his active time when he went to Berlin in 1934 during his doctorate to finish it with his professor in Berlin. (Prof. Straus had to leave Breslau in 1934. He went to the University of Berlin, where he stayed until 1936. In 1939 he emigrated to the USA).
The reports on the individual semesters also show that Thiel was a member of the ASTA: SS 1930 (p. 220) to (or and) WS 1932/1933.
Lecture about Walter Thiel at VDSt. Aachen Breslau II. Thank you very much for the invitation! Walter Thiel was a member of the student association VDSt. Breslau II. After the war the memberships were continued by the VDSt. Aachen.
On August 18, 2018 was the 75th anniversary of the death of family Thiel.
Article about Walter Thiel was published in Raumfahrt Concret (Nr. 102, 2/2018)
On October 3, 2012 was the 75th jubilee of the first successful start of an A4 rocket from test stand VII in Peenemünde.
The film "Geheimnisvolle Orte. Kummersdorf - Waffenschmiede und Kriegslabor." from Marina Farschid was shown on rbb (Radio Berlin Brandenburg) on 26 May 2015 and on 26 September 2017. http://www.rbb-online.de/geheimnisvolle_orte/archiv/kummersdorf-kaisers-waffenschmiede-hitlers-kriegslabor.html
The film is only available for a short while in the media library. If you are interested in further information please contact rbb (Radio Berlin Brandenburg).
In March 2014 a visit from Kummersdorf-Gut together with Hans Schumacher, the grandson of Heinz-Otto Glimm. Glimm was a colleague of Thiels in the research of HWA of Head of Division Prof. Dr. Karl Erich Schumann (experimental ort was Kummerdorf-Ost). Glimm was also the Godfather of Sigrid(daughter). The tour through Kummersdorf was accompanied by journalists. In April 2014 an article about the visit was printed.