Originally posted by Ste2652
I think even without these documents being released it was logical to assume that the UK had a similar interest to the US/Soviet Union in captured
Nazi scientific know-how.
Certainly, but it should be noted that the British 'forced' the Germans to work for us - there were no incentives offered, in fact very little
choice at all.
The personnel that we chose were also forced to co-operate with commercial concerns and did not just go to work on Government projects. This is very
interesting. Especially when you add to the equation that some companies like IG Farben had negotiated "neutrality" from British Bombings and that
at the beginning of the war with Germany we had accepted private funding to expand our intelligence services.
Most prominent of these was Chester Beatty, an American entreprenuer, who in exchange for "technical assistance" to help him protect his interests
in a Serbian mineral mine, 'donated' the monies to set up a new branch of SIS - Section D. The mine, Trepca, it was later discovered was providing
minerals for the manufacture of weapons, their sole customer was Germany.
It seems feasible to me that the appropriation of the German industrial and scientific community had more to do with our economic recovery and
development than it had to do with our preparation for the Cold War. I definately believe that our motivations were quite different to those of the
US, who were ostensibly building a body to fight Communism.
We fell out over the Manhattan Project but this was a six of one and half a dozen of the other situation. At the beginning the US were trying to
maintain some semblance of neutrality and were pretty much taking their time, while we were desperate for results. This created more than a few
tensions that would manifest later. Although in private business the US were pro-Nazi this did not extend to the Adminstration who were on the whole
anglo-phile and perfectly willing to support Churchill.
Britain spent most of the war keeping secrets from the US, for reasons we may never know, but partially due to the pro-nazi stance of some US
industrialists. It was essential to Churchill and in his mind, Britain that the US join the war. He therefore attempted to prevent the US from
knowing of the peace overtures repeatedly made by the Nazis as he was concerned that the US would see these offers as favourable. Which, in theory,
A considerable amount of time and man-power was spent mopping up any documentation that related to these talks. We also arrested a number of
prominent Nazis and had them immediately transported to Kensington Cells for interrogation, thus ensuring that the US/Soviets could not get to them if
indeed they knew anything. Others who we knew could incriminate us, like Himmler, were 'disposed' of as soon as they fell into our hands.
All this has come out in the last decade, and it is really only the tip of the iceberg. If you take the Hess files for example, not only were 70% of
all records destroyed in a 'fire', but some files remain classified until 2014, 2017 and 2020. I suspect that those dates may actually be extended
further as the information contained may still be considered too volatile to be made public.