As 1944 began, the writing was on the wall for Nazi Germany. In the east, Soviet forces were advancing steadily after the disasters of Stalingrad and Kursk. To the south, fighting in Italy continued to drain men and materiel. In the west, American bombers pounded German industry and British night raids set cities ablaze as the Atlantic Wall defenses braced for an inevitable invasion.
While Hitler continued to spout rhetoric and exhort his troops to fight for every inch of land, other Nazi commanders made their own plans for the survival of the Third Reich. Jet aircraft, ballistic missiles, and other Wunderwaffen (Wonder Weapons) could delay the end, but not prevent it. Research continued at a frantic pace, but Germany’s atomic bomb program had yet to produce a new weapon and the projected Amerikabomber would be of little value without it. It was time to plan for the survival of the Reich after the fall of Germany.
As Berlin fell and many SS and Nazi Party leaders made their way to Argentina via the “rat lines” of the ODESSA network, the Nazi occult organization known as the Black Sun put a larger operation into place. Key personnel were smuggled out of Germany to a secret base in the Antarctic, codenamed Neuschwabenland. Commanded by SS-Obergruppenführer Hans Kammler, this facility continued work to develop advanced weapons and other technologies until it was discovered by the Americans in 1947. Although the US forces were driven off, Kammler knew that it was only a matter of time before they returned in greater strength. He gave the order to evacuate Neuschwabenland to an even more remote location: the surface of the Moon.
This book tells the story of the Nazi moonbase codenamed Walhalla and the project that created it, from the beginning of Nazi space research to the present day. The base is described in detail, along with the research projects that were transferred there from Earth. Also covered is the profound but largely undocumented effect that the existence of the Walhalla base has had on postwar history. From US and Soviet efforts to capture Nazi scientists, through the Cold War and the Space Race, to the abandonment of the Apollo project and the present-day unmanned exploration of the Solar System, the Walhalla base and the advanced technology it contains cast a huge shadow even today.
Identified as the site of the Nazi moonbase, the Aristarchus crater gives a clear view of the Earth while remaining in sunlight for most of the lunar day. (NASA)
The Bifrost Protocol
The Nazi leadership knew by 1942 that Wunderwaffen offered Germany’s only chance of winning the war. The Blitzkrieg had stalled, the Allies were preparing to fight back, and Germany had neither the men nor the resources to fight a protracted war.
Operation Sea Lion, the planned invasion of Britain, had been postponed indefinitely in September 1940, and the Luftwaffe’s eight-month Blitz of late 1940 and early 1941 had failed to put Britain out of the war as Hitler had intended. The Royal Air Force continued to bomb German industrial targets, and the United States entered the war in December, raising the specter of countless American troops invading the Continent from southern England and turning the tide of the war, just as they had broken the stalemate of World War I in 1917.
Things were no better on the Eastern Front. Despite Hitler’s rhetoric, Operation Barbarossa had failed to bring about the collapse of the Soviet Union. German forces had been thrown back 200 miles from the gates of Moscow, and the Red Army was rebuilding in the east. Unless a decisive blow could be struck, it was only a matter of time before Germany was crushed between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union.
The development of Wunderwaffen was given the highest priority. Several jet aircraft projects were already under way, including the Messerschmitt Me 262 fighter and the Arado Ar 234 bomber, but the Reich’s greatest need would be for long-range weapons that could be launched from Europe to destroy targets as far away as North America and Siberia.
The first fruits of the Wunderwaffen initiative were the V-1 cruise missile and the V-2 ballistic missile, which entered service in June and September 1944 respectively. Resources were poured into the development of an atomic bomb: the Amerikabomber project and the A-9 rocket aimed to provide intercontinental-range delivery systems for nuclear warheads.
Other long-range bombardment initiatives sound like science fiction. The Oberth Sonnengewehr (Sun Gun) was a huge orbiting mirror designed to incinerate cities like ants under a magnifying glass. The V-3 supergun had a barrel 430 feet long and could fire a 150mm shell more than 100 miles.
As the tide of war turned against Germany, work on all these projects was hampered by Allied air raids and increasing material shortages. By March of 1945, even the most ardent Nazis knew Germany was doomed — but some dared to think beyond the defeat of Germany and make plans for the Reich to fight on and win eventual victory.
The Order of the Black Sun
Founded as an elite within an elite, the Order of the Black Sun had its origins at Heinrich Himmler’s SS academy at Wewelsburg Castle in Westphalia. It took its name from a symbol on the floor of the Obergruppenführersaal, or Generals’ Hall, which can still be seen there.
The symbol of the Black Sun was based on the design of brooches worn by the Germanic Allemani people during the post-Roman period. It resembles a sun emitting twelve jagged rays, and has been described as a triple swastika representing the sun at sunrise, noon, and sunset.
Its origins in Nazi symbolism date back to the writings of Helena Blavatsky and Karl-Maria Willigut, two of several mystical writers of the 19th century who inspired various facets of Nazi occultism. More on this subject can be found in Kenneth Hite’s The Nazi Occult, also in this series. The Black Sun represented a source of energy allegedly known to the ancient Aryans, which would shine over the rise of the New World Order.
The Black Sun design represented a mystical power source and a design used by the medieval Germanic Alemanni. (Ratatosk under the Share Alike creative commons license)
In 1934, Heinrich Himmler rented Wewelsburg Castle from the local government of Westphalia for 100 years at the token rent of one mark per year, and set about refurbishing it as an SS academy and research institute. While it is true that certain chambers were renamed after characters from the Grail Romances, claims that Himmler intended Wewelsburg to be the new Grail Castle are exaggerated. However, he did envisage it as the functional and spiritual center of his new religion.
Himmler had long despised Christianity for its Jewish roots, and was in the process of formulating a Germanic faith for the Aryan race. Hitler expressed his opposition to the idea of völkisch religion and occultism as a part of National Socialism, both in Mein Kampf and in public speeches, but Himmler was determined that the SS — his state within a state — should have an ideology of its own, based on solid Germanic roots. The new religion would ensure that members of the SS would never feel torn between the principles of Christianity and Nazism.
Among its other functions, Wewelsburg was to be the center of this religion. After 1941, it was often referred to in documents as “the center of the world.” While Hitler and his architect Albert Speer planned a new world capital in Berlin, Himmler planned Wewelsburg as a spiritual and intellectual capital.
The Rise of the Order
It was against this background that the Order of the Black Sun came together. Its members sought to combine science, politics, and mysticism into a single driving force that would underpin the new world order, and place themselves — as the masters of this new thinking — in effective control of the world.
Although Himmler maintained a mask of servility — Hitler nicknamed him der treue Heinrich,“loyal Heinrich” — by 1941 his ambition to succeed Hitler as Führer, and their differences over völkisch mysticism, led him to keep much of Wewelsburg’s work secret. This work included the development of ideas and technologies that had originated within the Thule Society (Thule Gesellschaft) and the Vril Society (Vril Gesellschaft). The Thule Society had been disbanded on Hitler’s orders in 1935, along with the Freemasons and other organizations, while the Vril Society was on the brink of a schism: its leading “Vril medium,” a woman known to history only as Sigrun, insisted that its knowledge — especially the propulsion system used in the Vril series of saucer craft — should be used only for peaceful pu ...