The Soviet leader was suspected of organizing an alien invasion of the United States in 1947 in order to destabilize the situation in the country.
In early July 1947, the most famous UFO incident in history occurred in America. The Roswell crash was the beginning of a UFO mania, which swept in the second half of the twentieth century, first the United States, and then most other countries.
A lot of books and articles have been written about what happened then, and the debate has not subsided so far. But one of the most recent hypotheses explaining the Roswell incident confidently puts all the pre-existing ones aside. It turns out that the “invasion of aliens” in the United States was organized by none other than the head of the USSR Joseph Stalin!
The collapse of the ” flying disk “
In early July 1947, an employee of one of the ranches, a few kilometers from Roswell, told the local sheriff that at night he heard a certain explosion, and the next morning he found debris on the ground of a strange aircraft. It was described as a “flying disk” with a diameter of approximately 3.5 meters. At the crash site, fragments of foil and rubber were found, but no electronics, engines, or other things specific to aircraft were found.
Information from the sheriff got into the media, which reported that a flying saucer had collapsed on the ranch. However, this message was almost immediately denied by the military. An official U.S. Air Force press release reported that debris from a weather balloon was found at the ranch.
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After that, the story was forgotten for almost 30 years and was overshadowed by other strange incidents. But in the mid-70s, in the wake of the popularity of UFOs, more and more stories of witnesses of the Roswell incident began to appear in the press. Sometimes their testimonies were frankly doubtful. The first to speak was one of the employees of the air base, to which the wreckage of the device was delivered. He said that, in his opinion, this device was not a weather balloon and the military simply came up with this version so as not to disturb the public.
Very doubtful witnesses followed. So, one of the UFO hunters said that his familiar engineer that night watched the crash of the plate and saw not only the wreckage, but also the bodies of its crew. These were humanoids. True, the engineer who saw them could not confirm these words, since he had long since died. Another witness claimed that he also personally witnessed the crash, only the pilots did not die in the accident, but were next to the plate. True, this witness was only five years old at the time of the collapse of the apparatus.
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In the wake of these revelations, enthusiasts have written several voluminous books about the Roswell crash, which came out in considerable print runs and aroused interest not only among UFO hunters, but also among the general public.
The story gradually became part of the American cultural mainstream; several documentary investigative films were shot about it. But the real sensation was the video published in 1995. Its owner assured that it was kept secret for almost half a century and it cost him considerable work to get a record.
On the film, several pathologists performed an autopsy of the body of a dead humanoid, allegedly found at the site of the crash of the apparatus. Leading media and television channels fought for the right to show this film, and in the end it was sold for a very impressive amount. The video was immediately dubbed the most reliable confirmation of the existence of UFOs in history, although skeptics immediately drew attention to a number of inconsistencies.
In particular, pathologists performed an autopsy with such a huge number of errors and violations of instructions that it seemed that they were doing this for the first time. Doubts aroused some other technical details. In the end, the former owner of the video publicly admitted that it was falsified. Pathologists were actually amateur actors, and the bodies of aliens were made by a professional artist and sculptor.
However, this fact did not in any way prevent the popularity of the Roswell incident, which by that time had turned into a self-sufficient myth on a global scale. Until now, new versions of this incident have been appearing with enviable regularity. However, a few years ago, an unusual hypothesis appeared that even the most daring and impudent ones expressed earlier faded against it.
In 2011, American journalist Annie Jacobsen, published a book entitled “Zone 51. The Declassified History of America’s Most Secret Military Base.” In it, she puts forward an openly shocking hypothesis – behind the alien invasion of the United States stood the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin.
The version sounds frankly insane, but Jacobsen is not some crazy conspiracy theorist, a blog for a dozen subscribers, but a very famous and respected publicist and investigative journalist. For example, she reached the final of the Pulitser Prize – the most prestigious world award in the field of journalism. But how could Stalin command the aliens, the very fact of whose existence has not yet been proved?
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According to Jacobsen, no aliens actually ever existed. All this was a falsification organized by the USSR to destabilize the situation in America. It turns out that the famous “Angel of Death” from Auschwitz, Josef Mengele, famous for his sinister experiments on prisoners of the camps, did not escape to Latin America, but was captured by the Soviet army and forced to work in a secret “laboratory” for the benefit of Soviet science.
A similar fate befell two talented German aircraft designers, the Walter and Reimar Horten brothers. They were transported to the USSR and left to work on experimental aircraft.
In 1938, Orson Welles hosted a radio show of Herbert Wells’ War of the Worlds. In several small American towns, listeners accepted the production as real news bulletins on the radio, which provoked a panic among local residents. This story was ridiculed by American newspapers and became known throughout the world.
According to Jacobsen, Stalin was aware of this story and decided to use the “War of the Worlds” effect to destabilize America, while relations between the recent allies deteriorated by leaps and bounds, while the USSR did not even have the theoretical ability to invade the United States. The only option to undermine the stability of the enemy for him was the falsification of an alien invasion.
According to the plan, several teenagers of 12-14 years old were selected for the operation. Mengele had to undergo plastic surgeries and enlarge their heads and eyes to resemble humanoids (Jacobsen describes them as “guinea pig people”). Then they were put in a remotely controlled top-secret apparatus in the form of a flying saucer, designed by the Horten brothers.
They had to land in the middle of a large American city in front of thousands of witnesses. This “alien invasion” would cause a panic, a collapse of stock indexes and other unpleasant events. However, during the flight over New Mexico, the device fell into a severe thunderstorm, control over it was lost, the disk crashed. It is these bodies and debris that witnesses saw.
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Jacobsen claimed that the main source from whom she received these materials was a certain engineer and a “veteran of the Manhattan Project.” However, she categorically refused to give his name, and after the publication of the book she faced a wave of criticism for using, to put it mildly, dubious sources.
Some of the reviewers pointed out that similar versions had previously been voiced on Internet forums either by jokers, or by completely marginal conspiracy theorists. Therefore, Jacobsen is either too trusting of his sources, or too lazy to check.
In addition, almost every item in this version consists of outright fraud. In the 1950s and 1960s, in conditions of general secrecy, some of them could not be unambiguously exposed. However, in our time, the fate of all the defendants in this story is tracked almost every minute and is not in doubt.
Mengele was never in the territory of the USSR. At the end of the war he was captured by the Americans, but since his name did not appear on the list of important criminals at first, he was released. Until 1949, he lived in the western part of Germany under a false name, and then obtained documents of the Red Cross on a foreign surname and emigrated to Argentina.
In addition, Mengele never engaged in plastic surgery and changes in appearance. His area of interest was genetic abnormalities and the reproductive sphere. It was absolutely pointless to invite him to conduct plastic surgery, with the same success it was possible to call the first one he met.
Unloading the captured Horten Ho 229 V3 by U.S. Army personnel, August 1945. Photo © Wikipedia
The Horten brothers really became famous for their experimental aircraft. Horten Ho IX, a jet aircraft designed according to the “flying wing” scheme, brought glory to them. At that time, airplanes looked completely different and a similar glider really looked exotic and even alien.
Some researchers believed that the UFOs observed after the war in the USA were in fact experimental Horten aircraft created in the United States. However, in reality, the brothers did not end up either in America or in the Soviet Union. One of them emigrated after the war to Argentina, and the second remained in the western part of Germany.
None of the original witnesses who saw the 1947 accident reported any humanoid bodies. This evidence appeared 30 years later from frankly dubious characters. Finally, the meaning of such a complex operation is completely unobvious. If the USSR really developed such a device, and even remotely controlled, it would immediately be classified so that only a few people would know about it. And they certainly would not send the latest development into the hands of the enemy for the dubious effect of a five-minute panic.
Obviously, the Jacobsen version is untenable. With many arguments against, there is not a single convincing argument in her favor, with the exception of the dubious words of an unnamed engineer. Which, perhaps, was simply invented for the sake of giving the next Roswell sensation at least some credibility.
What really happened in Roswell in 1947? The U.S. Air Force twice (in 1977 and 1994) officially stated that the object found was actually the wreckage of a special balloon. These balls, equipped with special microphones, were used at high altitudes as part of the Mogul project to detect sound waves from possible nuclear tests in other countries.
The project lasted two years, after which it was phased out due to the high cost. But in 1947 he was considered top-secret. In order not to attract attention to him, it was officially announced that the debris found in fact belong to the crashed weather balloon. However, these explanations did not convince everyone, and new hypotheses and assumptions continue to arise around the Roswell incident.
Source: LIFE Magazine