As time goes by more and more outlandish theories about the German capacity to (almost) win the war appear.
Up until fairly recently the talk about this kind of thing centred on the unusually converted Heinkel He 177 (it, apparantly, had a massively enlarged
bomb-bay) found in Czechoslovakia just after the war had ended.
There was a rather interesting program on the Discovery channel a little while back which made the point rather well that German nuclear research was
hampered as much as anything by going off, in error, down a cul-de-sac and that for as long as they thought what they did (it was to do with incorrect
assumptions arising from a miscalculation regarding the degree to which fission would occur with a given quantity of fissile material) they could
never have made a functional nuclear weapon.
In short the German scientists thought they needed several tons of uranium - which they did not and never would have - whereas it actually turned out
that a functional bomb was 'do-able' with mere kilos.
So they tried the plutonium route, never succeeded in making a functional 'pile' and the much vaunted 'heavy water' they had was in such tiny
amounts (even at undisturbed full production).
They could, apparantly, have had years more at their disposal and still not have 'got' it.
Whilst it is true that a 'radiological bomb' might have been possible the fact remians that it was their own barbaric and idiotic political
philosophy which gave the allied powers the scientists capable of constructing the a-bomb and robbed them of the ability, thankfully.
As for the interesting Horten flying wing jet aircraft?
A few of the smaller ones made it to the prototype stage......and they were barely developed ones at that with engines lucky to make 10hrs without
I think a little reading of the allied evalution material might help dispel the myth that these aircraft were anything like on the verge of being
deployable and nearly 'ready'......
.....nevermind the collossal undertaking that the bigger 'Amerika-bomber' Ho18 would have been.
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Anyhoo, why should a big capacity bomber be taken as other than a bomber with a big bomb capacity?
Unless someone can come up with (suspiciously late) 'proof' (a picture of an actual prototype trans-atlantic jet bomber with the bomb-bay doors open
and a sign visible saying caution - nuclear weapon stowed here
I think this one will have to remain with the fantasists and the Luftwaffe 1946,
47 er 2005 types.
Cor, those WW2 Germans eh, eh?
(They lost as totally as it was possible to lose and they fully deserved to lose too. Shame about the countless millions devoured by their military