Somewhat tentatively I'll dip my toe into saucerhead world for the first time in a while. I used to 'disagree' with these chaps on a non ww2 basis and it's the closest I've come to religious fanaticism where 'hope' is the real deity...
"I want to believe" is the unspoken mantra.
I don't, and tinfoil hats give me a terrible itch... This
is a useful page on the subject, ignore the familiar top two thirds and go straight to the final section beginning with "Stories of the scientific advances of the Third Reich have circulated for decades. KEVIN McCLURE explains that the flying saucer legend ain’t exactly rocket science."
The chap that wrote the final section was/is a writer for the once-excellent 'Fortean Times'
(I believe the article is from there) and has a good grasp of the mythos of the subject and the motivations of some saucerheads.
(Though doubtless there are countless others refuting the author as some sort of deranged heretic... they do like a good old bitter and spite-filled row in saucer-world) :
These paragraphs give a flavour:
Dislodging established and much-repeated nonsense is much more difficult, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try. And in cases where such nonsense tends to exaggerate or glorify the activities of the Nazis during World War II, I think we should try particularly hard. In that spirit of endeavour, let’s see what we can do about the very untrue story of Viktor Schauberger – builder of flying saucers.
The detailed and ever-growing fiction of the Nazi UFO mythos tells us that the Nazis were so technically, creatively and scientifically brilliant that, had the war only lasted a few months longer, they would have won it by
using their amazing flying saucers, which were so very nearly ready for combat when the Allied forces entered Czechoslovakia and Southern Germany.
There are two hurdles the mythos has always fought to overcome. Firstly, that there is no historical record that the characters said to have been involved in saucer development – figures like Schriever, Belluzzo, Habermohl, Miethe and Kleinever – had anything to with the development of ‘flying discs’. Only Guiseppe Belluzzo has any verifiable scientific
background at all; Schriever was a delivery driver, and it is unclear whether Habermohl and Miethe even so much as existed as identifiable individuals.