Exploitation - Dawn of the Cold War

Author: Robert Huddleston

ISBN 978-1-60264-710-7 (softcover)

88 pages

"Exploitation: Dawn of the Cold War" is a history play by Robert Huddleston. As American forces advanced into Germany in WW II, small, highly mobilized unites called "T-Forces' were close behind ready to identify and guard coveted equipment and related documents. Act One is set in May 1945 and the T-Force officer set to guard a Nazi rocket factory called Mittelwerk is visited by two officers of Army Ordnance Special Mission V2 who have been ordered to locate and ship to the U.S. one hundred rockets. Act Two covers the arrival of two members of the U.S. Naval Technical Mission, one being Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., a civilian attached to the mission. Act Three focuses on the conflict between exploiting German technology and prosecuting Germans who used and mistreated slave labor used in the rocket factory.


Playwright Robert Huddleston, a combat pilot in the Second World War, has been on the fringe of the German-American rocket programs. As an Army Air Forces' officer, he served on the AAFs' effort to exploit German technology. In the 1950s he was posted to the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, an assignment that stimulated interest in the exploitation effort. This was followed by employment with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington. Huddleston is the author of "Edmundo: From Chiapus, Mexico to Park Avenue," the story of a Mexican-American espionage agent in Spain who married a German princess whose father supported Adolf Hitler. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri, the George Washington University and the National Defense University. Married to the former Pepita Lassalle, the Huddlestons reside in a retirement community near Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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