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I have always believed that they had managed to build at least one atom bomb. However, fortunately I believe they had managed to put together sometime during 1945 when everything was pretty much over and, using the bomb would only have meant the obliteration of Germany from the face of the earth.
The uranium on the U-234 was in 9 inch long lead cylinders and were labeled U-235. This is how you transport enriched uranium. Yellow cake requires no such precautions. You can ship 700 pounds of yellow cake in 50 gallon drums in fact that is done all the time. So, what was on the U-234? I doubt very much that it was yellowcake and the first written reports called the stuff "uranium metal". That does not sound like yellowcake.
Japan went to war with the US mostly because the US wouldn't sell them the resources they needed, because they were waging a more or less genocidal war in China. Japan would never have been in any position to conquer the US; the best it could hope to do would be to defeat the Pacific Fleet, take all the US islands territories on the pacific, and force the US to agree to a conditional surrender. Japan never had the population or the logistics to pose anything but a naval threat.
I'm sure the Germans and the Japanese knew more or less how to build an atomic bomb, in the same way as your average physics undergrad today knows how to build an atomic bomb. I rather doubt they ever gathered enough resources to do it, nor that they ever solved all the practical problems involved. After all, they weren't diking around with the Manhattan project: it took huge quantities of money and time, and some of the best minds alive because inventing the atomic bomb from just theory is *hard.*
I could be wrong , that's why I said " I believe" . I just remember reading in a few places a while back that they actually had one but it was not stable enough to be dropped from a plane yet.
It has been proposed that there was an enrichment program at Auschwitz in a plant that was originally said to be a synthetic rubber plant. There is a deep cave complex in Germany that was inspected after the war and then sealed up. It's purpose is still classified and it is still sealed.
Others have speculated that the "Bell" project was actually a reactor. That was all carted off by the US after the war and those scientists were brought to the US under project paperclip. I think that there is enough evidence to suggest that the Nazis had more capability than has been officially reported.
The money and resources that Germany used to build up it's forces prior to and during the early stages of WW2 didn't come out of nowhere. Germany had been heavily borrowing from it's neighbors, and needed to conquer them rather quickly to avoid being crippled by debt.
A “provocative” account of great “intellectual significance,” illuminating the economic workings of the Third Reich and the reasons ordinary Germans supported the Nazi state. Historian Götz Aly addresses one of modern history’s greatest conundrums: How did Hitler win the allegiance of ordinary Germans? [Or, why did good people do bad things?]
The answer is as shocking as it is persuasive: by engaging in a campaign of theft on an almost unimaginable scale and by channeling the proceeds into generous social programs Hitler literally “bought” his people’s consent.
Drawing on secret files and financial records, author Gotz Aly shows that while Jews and citizens of occupied lands suffered crippling taxation, mass looting, enslavement, and destruction, most Germans enjoyed an improved standard of living. Buoyed by millions of packages soldiers sent from the front, Germans also benefited from the systematic plunder of Jewish possessions. Any qualms [of ordinary Germans] were swept away by waves of tax breaks and government handouts.
Hitler’s Beneficiaries, as Omer Bartov testifies, “irreversibly transforms our understanding of the Third Reich.” The New York Times Book Review.
People don’t want to know how close we came to not winning, if it weren’t for A Hitler being insane, the Axis would have quietly built up a vastly superior force and I’d be speaking Japanese right now. WW2 was not supposed to happen for another 5-6 years, but Hitler jumped the gun by attacking Poland.
The British government was afraid that the US would use her newfound international leverage to force the UK to give up her empire, something we did indeed do.
Their goal was never a long term shooting war, but only to neutralize our pacific fleet and force a political settlement
Trinity was the first test of the technology for a nuclear weapon. [As opposed to a nuclear device!] It was conducted by the United States on July 16, 1945, at the White Sands Proving Ground, headquartered near Alamogordo, New Mexico. Trinity was the first test of an implosion-design plutonium bomb. Using the same conceptual design the Fat Man device was dropped on Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9. The Trinity detonation was equivalent to the explosion of around 20 kilotons of TNT and is usually considered the beginning of the Atomic Age. en.wikipedia.org...
Aside from receiving the great honor of a state funeral, Churchill also received numerous awards and honors, including being made the first Honorary Citizen of the United States. Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his numerous published works, especially his six-volume set The Second World War. In a 2002 BBC poll of the "100 Greatest Britons" he was proclaimed "The Greatest of Them All" based on approximately a million votes from viewers. Churchill was also rated as one of the most influential leaders in all of history by Time magazine. Churchill College, Cambridge was founded in 1958 on his behalf. library.thinkquest.org...
(1) The Japanese would have surrendered without the use of the atomic bomb, probably before any major US invasion of the mainland would take place. (2) The soviet union was moving in through the north, and had already invaded Manchuria when the atomic bombs dropped.
Likely, if the soviet union wasn't invading from the north, they wouldn't have surrendered until far more cities were destroyed. The Japanese leadership was terrified at the thought of soviet occupation and surrendered to the US before japan itself came under soviet control.