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.
On August 18, 2018 will be the 75th anniversary of the death of family Thiel.
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.