Originally posted by sy.gunson
Among the delivery systems which Germany had, or were close to fielding in 1944 were:
- He-277 high altitude bombers
- V-2 - with Tabun-B Nerve gas, or tactical nukes
- V-1 - D model with Tabun-B warheads
- Do-217P with tactical nukes
- U-boat towed Lafferentz capsules with V-2 rockets
- Mistel Ar-234 with atomic bombs in fuselage
A "few " problems with that list....
The He-277 was never even flown, and was abandoned
He-277 prototypes were tested and flown. These included:
He177 A-08 stkz "DL+AT" (factrory werke no.023) was rebuilt as an He-177 B-0 for testing with the Jumo 222 engine with the stkz code "NE+OD." In a
conference at Obersalzburg on 23 March 1943 Hitler gave Heinkel approval to proceed with development of the He-277 and the He-177 B0 prototypes were
drafted into flight testing the He-277 concept. In July 1943 rebuilt again as the He-277 V104 with 36m wings intended for the He-177 A7. This
particular aircraft was issued the Stammkennzeichen (stkz) "GA+QQ" and was flown.
He-177 B-0 V103 W.Nr.550036 stkz "KM+TL" was converted to a twin tail fin He-277 B-5 V103 and the prototype He-277 was flown.
This aircraft below stkz NE+OD WNr.535550 photographed as an He-177 B-0, V102 conversion, later converted to He-277 V1 was flown and tested with the
Furthermore sixteen He-177 airframes delivered to Reichlin workshops were also converted to He-277 as pre-production airframes. These included six
He-177 A-6/R1 prototypes and one He-177 A-6/R2 prototype with the Rheinmetal Borsig tail turret.
In addition six He-177 A-5 airframes converted to He-177 A-7 aircraft with 36.6m wingspans which were intended to use the 3,600hp coupled DB603 engine
(DB613), were instead also converted to He-277 aircraft.
These He-177 A-7 aircraft included:
KM+TN Heinkel He177 A-7 W.Nr.550038 W.Nr.550038 v37 KdE
KM+TY Heinkel He177 A-7 W.Nr.550049 W.Nr.550049 v39 KdE
KM+TL Heinkel He177 A-7 W.Nr.550036 W.Nr.550036 v103 KdE
The following Stammkennzeichen codes (stkz) were allocated to He-277 production aircraft which did fly:
GA+QQ Heinkel He277 V9
GA+QR Heinkel He277 V10
GA+QM Heinkel He277 V26
GA+QX Heinkel He277 V18
I have a list of other He-277 aircraft allocated stkz codes but can't claim whether these also flew.
The Germans did not have tactical nukes
Yes they did have tactical nuclear warheads bassed on boosted fission technology developed between 1941-42 by Otto Haxel and the Schumann-Trinks team.
Immediately following WW2 both Sweden and Switzerland began developing their own boosted fission warheads with boosted fission technology which USA
itself did not possess until 1956.
In British CSDIC evidence from secretly tape recorded conversations of Gen Major Dornberger in British captivity from 2-7 August 1945 was cited
against Dornberger at Nuremberg in an attempt to indict him for the arming of V-2 rockets with tactical nuclear warheads (amongst other things). Some
of that evidence still remains classified today.
In December 1944 the Japanese embassy in Stockholm signalled Tokyo describing German use of this 5 kilogram "uranium atom splitting weapon" south of
Kursk in June 1942.
In a US Navy Intelligence report from June 15, 1945 reference is made to German transfer of Atomic bomb technology to japan in 1944 and that the
warhead had a radius of 1,000m which is a tactical weapon of roughly 0.87kt.
no V2 was ever fired from a lafferenz capsule
Wernher von Braun when interrogated by the US Naval Technical Mission Europe (NAVTECHMISEU) on 18 may 1945 referred to the testing of V-2 rockets with
a Lafferentz capsule in Batlic trials during 1943 with U-1063 known as projekt schwimmweste
There was no "Mistel Ar-234", the Mistel programme did not involve the Ar-234, and also the Ar-234 did not have internal stowage of bombs, and again
germany did not have nuclear bombs.[/qoute]
There is no assertion made about internal stowage of bombs. A CSDIC report mentions the use of a transatlantic range "Super V-1" launched from an
Ar-234 aircraft piggyback style.
There were patents filed during WW2 by Nazi scientists describing workable tactical nukes.
Care to name these patents?
I refer you to the book Hitlers Bombe, Kalrsch, Rainer 2005, in which excerpts from wartime patents are reproduced courtesy of the Trinks family
acrhives (Dr walter trinks' son Professor Hauke Trink) The official historical account holds that all wartime patents disappeared at the end of WW2
however there are strong indications they were confiscated by USA and never acknowledged.
Postwar however and before the method was ever previously disclosed in the media or in scientific journals Schumann reasserted their existence in his
postwar patent application for the same method, patent No. 977863; "Procedures for the ignition of thermonuclear reactions by means of convergent
detonation compression shocks "
In the periodical “Military engineering monthly magazines"” 1960, P. 8 FF. Hajek (Schumann's postwar alias whilst employed by the French military)
explained boosted fission weapons in detail with reference to successful explosion attempts and also discussed shaped-charge cascade ignition of
atomic hollow charges arranged against each other.
In 1956 Schuman under the alias H.J. Hajek also published in the magazine of "“explosives"” 5/6 1955, P. 65 FF an article about atomic hollow
charges which remains classified.
1943, "Preliminary Report on Enhancement of the Hollow Charge Through Lens Directed Initiation" by Prof. Dr. Erich Schumann and Dr. Gerd Hinrichs,
Physics Institute of Berlin University. After Erich Schumann transferred to Atomic weapons research in the office for army weapon ordnance (HWA), in
1940 Dr Walter Trinks rose to Director of the Referats Wa FI b "blowing up physics and hollows charge' (ie Ballistics research). Until the end of
war their group of scientists compiled at least forty secret patents around Trinks on the topic of shaped shaped-chargesee.: Erich Schumann, Gerd
Hinrichs, provisional report to the report 43/2 on the effect increase with hollow explosives by ignition guidance (lenses); Erich Schumann, over
"blowing-up weapons", explosive physics report 44/9, 16.11.1944, by Dr Erich Schumann.
Associated wiuth their research was mathematician Gottfried Guderley, who wrote an article "Strong centre spherical and cylindrical compression shocks
in the proximity of the ball center and/or the cylinder axle, in: Magazine for aviation research ("Luftfahrtforschung Vol. 19"), 1942, Bd. 19, Lfg. 9,
P. 302-312. This article concerned the use of conical shockwaves used to generate powerful X-ray plasma. After the war
After the war Edward teller father of the H-bomb relied very heavily on Schumann's wartime work. Teller suggested placing a fissile mass in the
center of the fusion fuel. The convergent shock wave would compress this to supercriticality upon arriving at the center, making it act as a "spark
plug" to ignite the fusion reaction.
edit on 13-3-2014 by sy.gunson because: removing unnecessary duplications