posted on Mar, 7 2005 @ 06:25 AM
Nazi Germany built a nuclear reactor and atomic weapons before the end of World War II, contrary to popular belief, a Berlin historian says in a book
to be released later this month.
In his book "Hitler's bomb", Rainer Karlsch says a reactor was functioning by the winter of 1944/45 and that nuclear weapons were being tested on a
Baltic Sea island and Thuringia, central Germany, under the supervision of the
"The Third Reich was extremely close to winning the race to build the first working nuclear weapon," his publisher, Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt (DVA),
said in a statement.
However the arm was not well-developed enough to be dropped by air.
Karlsch, whose book will be released here on March 14, maintains that he found "the first German nuclear reactor in working order" near Berlin and
discovered documents on a project for a plutonium-based bomb dating from 1941.
According to DVA, his work is based on careful examination of building plans, aerial photographs, soil analyses, diaries of researchers linked to the
project and reports by US and Russian spies.
Despite sabotage by the Allies and funding difficulties, Nazi Germany did succeed in producing "dirty bombs" which killed "several hundred"
prisoners during tests in Thuringia."
This is pretty intresting data if true. Perhaps recent "movies" claiming the driving force behind the original US "manhatten" project was a lie
to keep the scientist working, were actually revisionist history.
Maybe Hitler did have the bomb but just couldn't deliver it.