posted on Nov, 8 2008 @ 02:44 AM
Here is a link to a Wikipedia article about a book on the subject of Hitler's bomb and at the bottom of the linked article there are more links to
From the scientists description in part two of the video linked above, it would seem that the bombs they were working on might have been of a
different design from the ones eventually produced at Los Alamos.
I ran across some speculation that a nuclear device may have been used in fighting on the Russian front around Kursk as well, by the Germans against
I just want to add a couple of things in an edit:
Until recently the accepted view was that the Germans hadn't developed a bomb because they had made a gross miscalculation of the amount of U235
needed for a bomb. This was based on recordings secretly made of conversations between German physicists in England after the war with Germany was
over and just after they learned of the first bomb dropped on Japan.
More information has since come to light:
These criticisms of the Germans' scientific incompetence are apparently reinforced by the Farm Hall conversations, which reveal that Heisenberg
initially responded to the news of Hiroshima with a flawed calculation of critical mass, although within a few days he had improved it and provided a
very good estimate. However, there was other evidence that, no matter how Heisenberg responded at Farm Hall, he and his colleagues understood that
atomic bombs would use fast-neutron chain reactions and that both plutonium and uranium-235 were fissionable materials.
For example, in February 1942 the German army officials who were responsible for weapons development described the progress of the uranium project in
a report entitled "Energy production from uranium". This overview, which was discovered in the 1980s, drew upon all classified material from Hahn,
Harteck, Heisenberg and the other scientists working on the project. The report concluded that pure uranium-235 - which forms just 0.7% of natural
uranium, the rest being non-fissionable uranium-238 - would be a nuclear explosive a million times more powerful than conventional explosives. It also
argued that a nuclear reactor, once operating, could be used to make plutonium, which would be an explosive of comparable force. The critical mass of
such a weapon would be "around 10-100 kg", which was comparable to the Allies' estimate from 6 November 1941 of 2-100 kg that is recorded in the
official history of the Manhattan Project - the so-called Smyth report.
Originally posted by TerraX
I saw a documentary once on the Discovery Channel where secret allied military units where on the hunt for German scientists in the final stages of
the war. They even caught the head scientist and the reactor they were building and it turned out the scientists were on the wrong track constructing
The first Wikipedia article you cited says that the original German uranium research group split into several different groups. I think that is part
of the trouble involved in getting a truly comprehensive account of German atomic research. It looks like more of the pieces of a bigger jigsaw puzzle
are coming to light.
[edit on 8-11-2008 by ipsedixit]