Leslie Earl Simon

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Leslie Earl Simon (August 11, 1900[1] – October 28, 1983[2]) was a 20th-century American scientist, and the author of the book German Research in World War II: An Analysis of the Conduct of Research. He was Major General, Ordnance Department, U.S. Army, and former Director of the Ballistic Research Laboratories at the Aberdeen Proving Ground military facility in Maryland. He graduated from the United States Military Academy] at West Point in 1924.[3]

German Research discusses various German secret weapons of World War II, with an emphasis on airplanes, rocketry and the Germans' research methodology. It was first published in 1947. The book has become a collector's item in Europe since Hergé featured it in the storyline of The Adventures of Tintin comic The Calculus Affair, published in 1956, where it appears on page 23. The book is available, nevertheless, in various versions. Hergé censored the swastika, when he inserted that book.

Selected works[edit]

Dust jacket of "German research in World War II" (1947)
  • Engineer's Manual of Statistical Methods, 1941, John Wiley and Sons, ISBN 1-135-12002-1
  • German Research in World War II: An Analysis of the Conduct of Research, 1947, John Wiley.
  • German Research was also published under the same title in the UK in 1948 by Chapman & Hall, then republished in 1970 as Secret Weapons of the Third Reich: German Research in World War II by Paladin Press ISBN 0-87364-227-9, and was scheduled (as of 2006) to be reprinted by UK specialty publisher Air Research Publications as Inside Hitler's Weapons Programme: German Research in World War II.[4]


  1. ^ "German Research in World War II: An Analysis of the Conduct of Research by Leslie E. Simon ..." AIP Niels Bohr Library. Retrieved 2014-08-05.
  2. ^ "Leslie Earl Simon". Hall of Valor - MilitaryTimes. Retrieved 2015-11-07.
  3. ^ "Valor awards for Leslie Earl Simon". Military Times. Retrieved 5 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Feedback". Stone & Stone: Book Information. Archived from the original on 2004-04-12. Retrieved 2014-08-05.