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Originally posted by Doomsday 2029
I was discussing this with someone earlier today that said there was no way the USA had any knowledge of the Pearl harbor attack because we wouldn't risk loosing all the aircrafts and ships... because we could of lost the war.
Originally posted by Ulala
reply to post by Doomsday 2029
The expenditure required to create the bomb was hidden from public gaze during WW2. I doubt it could remain out of sight when the USA was not at war. Construction of the facilities at Hanford, Los Alamos & Oakridge didn't start until late 1942/early 1943 ... unless you're implying that there's some hidden bomb factory tucked away somewhere we don't know about.
Much atomic physics work was carried out in England during the 1930's by Lord Rutherford, John Cockcroft & Ernest Walton (these three split the atom) and Otto Frisch & Rudolf Peierls (these two discovered that U-235 could be weaponised). The English had already established that U-235 could also be used in a "uranium boiler" for peaceful uses, such as electricity generation. In fact much of the physics which went into the atomic bomb & nuclear energy was carried out in England by Englishmen and Europeans, with the information being passed to the safe haven of the USA when it became apparent that war torn England & occupied Europe had no chance of developing the bomb.
If anything it's more likely England would've developed an atomic bomb in the 1930's, not the USA.