For Lehesten in the district Saale-Holzland, see Lehesten, Saale-Holzland.

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Coordinates: 50°28′32″N 11°26′53″E / 50.47556°N 11.44806°E / 50.47556; 11.44806Coordinates: 50°28′32″N 11°26′53″E / 50.47556°N 11.44806°E / 50.47556; 11.44806
Country Germany
State Thuringia
District Saalfeld-Rudolstadt
Municipal assoc. Schiefergebirge
  Mayor Helmut Färber (SPD)
  Total 35.96 km2 (13.88 sq mi)
Population (2015-12-31)[1]
  Total 1,723
  Density 48/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zone CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes 07349
Dialling codes 036653
Vehicle registration SLF
Website www.lehesten.de

Lehesten is a town in the Thuringian Forest, 20 km southeast of Saalfeld.

World War II V-2 facility

After an August 1944 explosion at the Redl-Zipf V-2 liquid oxygen plant at Schlier stopped production, the third V-2 liquid oxygen plant (5000 tons/month)[2] was built at a slate quarry at Lehesten at the Thuringia-Bavarian border[3] near Nordhausen (acceptance testing of combustion chamber was also performed at the Lehesten plant).[2] Dr Martin Schilling (the head of testing at Peenemünde)[4] located the Lehesten site,[2] and 400 engineers were moved from Peenemünde to Lehesten, which eventually had 16 liquid oxygen production plants.[5]


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