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The German rocket program was a colossal waste of resources and helped the allies win world war two. It was tactically, strategically, and operationally insignificant at the cost of large resources that could have better been used elsewhere.
They definitely had more of an effect on the post-WW2 world than the war itself with Operation Paperclip getting German scientists integrated into US-based R&D. Most notably with Wernher von Braun and the NASA rocket programs. From the Encyclopedia Astronautica, the V-2 rockets weren't cost-effective but still did material and psychological damage. ...
According to "Iron And Steel In 19th Century America: An Economic Inquiry" by Peter Temin, in 1867 a pamphlet claimed... The cost of a plant with 2 three‑ton converters was given as $80,000; of a "five‑ton plant" with steam power, $125,000; and of first‑class apparatus with fireproof buildings and duplicate machinery making 50 tons of ingots in ...
The use of the converter did not really ramp up until about 1867. In 1868, the best performing mill had two 5-ton converters that produced 500 tons per month combined. By 1876 various improvements and mastery of the process resulted in typical production for a single 5-ton converter at a good mill averaging around 3800 tons per month. The best mills are ...
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