Return Of The Nazi Weather Robot
May 17, 2013 5:46 AM Subscribe
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What won the war? The weather helped. For while the Allies had access to all the Atlantic meteorology, the Axis couldn't easily predict what systems were rolling in from the West - and with the Battle of the Atlantic the one thing
that Churchill said kept him awake at night, knowing which way the wind blew certainly needed a weatherman. Or Britain would never be starved into submission.
The Weather War was complex and engaging,
Reports from U-boats and weather ships were dangerous to make, giving away positions and even - famously - fatally compromising
the Enigma system. What the Nazis really needed were men on the ground on the other side of the Atlantic that wasn't happening.
Instead, they built a robot called Kurt, and, in the only WWII armed enemy operation on land in North America, deployed it.
And there it sat while its masters fought and lost, forgotten in the tumult. Until decades later a chance finding by a German historian set off a hunt
to track it down...