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"Lay down your arms! In the name of the Reich! The S.A. is no more! This facility in now property of the S.S.!"
―An SS soldier to the SA troopers[src]

Kummersdorf is an estate in the Brandenburg region of Germany. Until the end of World War II Kummersdorf hosted the weapon office of the German Army which ran a development center for future weapons as well as an artillery range.

History

In June, 1934, Johann Schmidt led a takeover in the SA Weapons Testing Ground in Kummersdorf, where troops loyal to Ernst Kaufmann and the Sturmabteilung shoot the members of the Schutzstaffel on sight, as they hadn't received orders of that the Sturmabteilung was dismantled following the Night of the Long Knives.

As the troops had been handpicked by Kaufmann and were loyal to him to the death, Schmidt decided to kill all the soldiers in the facility. He came across scientist Arnim Zola, who was working on developing an Exo-skeleton battle armor, to make a soldier stronger.

Schmidt also wanted to transform soldiers themselves into weapons, and he informed Zola that all his budget was going to be rerouted for that project, something Zola, fearing for his life, agreed.[1]

Trivia

  • In reality, neither the SA nor the SS had any control over the Weapons Testing Ground at Kummersdorf. That facility was controlled by the German Army until the end of World War II.

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