“September 1, 1040: with Nazi invasion of Britain seemingly inevitable, Henry Tissard, Head of the British Aeronautical Committee, persuaded Churchill to “gift” America every scientific innovation Britain holds in exchange for access to US production lines. The blueprints were packed into a single trunk. Embarking from Britain, it reached Washington DC in September 1940. The box was described by one American official as the most important cargo to ever reach American shores.

“The trunk contained the memorandum on the feasibility of the atomic bomb, designs for jet engines, rockets, superchargers, gyroscopic gun sites, submarine detection devices, self sealing fuel tanks, plastic explosives, and perhaps the most important invention of World War 2 – a working Magnatron Number Twelve: an advancement in radar technology a thousand times more effective than the best American counterpart. American assembly lines began mass producing this device that would change the course of the war.” More here.

From Wikipedia: “Wernher von Braun was a German (and later American) aerospace engineer and space architect credited with inventing the V-2 Rocket and the Saturn-V, for Nazi Germany and the United States, respectively. He was one of the leading figures in the development of rocket technology in WWII Germany and the United States and is considered by NASA to be the “Father of Rocket Science”. He was also a member of the Nazi Party and the SS.

“In his twenties and early thirties, von Braun was already the central figure in the Nazis’ rocket development program, responsible for the design and realization of the V-2 rocket during World War II. After the war, he and selected members of his rocket team were taken to the United States as part of the secret Operation Paperclip. Von Braun worked on the United States Army’s intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) program before his group was assimilated by NASA. Under NASA, he served as director of the newly formed Marshall Space Flight Center and as the chief architect of the Saturn V launch vehicle, the superbooster that propelled the Apollo spacecraft to the Moon. According to one NASA source, he is, “without doubt, the greatest rocket scientist in history.” We can always borrow the genius of others.

By sharing our innovations, skills, strengths, and experience, and collaborating, we can achieve unprecedented success and accomplish things we never previously dreamed of. I specialized in teaching small business owners around the world how to leverage collaboration for twenty-eight years until in June last year (2014) I discovered what I consider the best vehicle for the effective use of collaboration and the leveraging of relationships I have found so far. Within a year I had built a team of over 7,000 people in forty-eight countries, all working together and sharing their resources to accomplish our personal goals.

“Together, we can do amazing things” has always been a motto of mine. When my weaknesses are overcome by the strengths of others and we share our resources, nothing is impossible, including winning our personal financial wars.

Robin Elliott LeverageAdvantage.com