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  • Hitler's war machine continues to  devastate Europe. The Allies have  

  • to contend with super weapons concocted by  the minds of Nazi scientists and engineers.  

  • But one threat looms greater than all  the rest, a nuclear bomb. The allies  

  • have been working towards creating  an atomic bomb for several years now,  

  • hoping to beat the Nazi's to the punch. But  as World War II rages on no one is quite  

  • sure how close Hitler and the Nazi regime are to  weaponizing nuclear enegry. One thing is for sure,  

  • if Hitler has access to the power of the atomhe will use it to bring the world to its knees.

  • This cannot be allowed. To stop the Nazi  bomb, the Allies send soldiers on secret  

  • missions to find out how close  the Nazis are to an atomic bomb.  

  • Their mission is to gather and analyze intel  on the Nazi nuclear program. If the Nazis are  

  • close to creating an atomic bomb, then  they must find ways to slow them down.  

  • If they have succeeded, then they must  be stopped before the bomb can be used.

  • Reconnaissance gathered at the beginning of the  war shows that the Germans started researching  

  • nuclear power under the nameuranium project.” It  began shortly after the German invasion of Poland  

  • in September of 1939. This is unwelcome news  because it means the Nazis have been working with  

  • nuclear energy for several years. The German Army  Ordnance started the program by putting physicist  

  • Kurt Diebner in charge to investigate  the military applications of fission,  

  • who was aware that when an atom is split  apart, huge amounts of energy are released.  

  • Who knew something so small could be so  powerful? What will scientists think of next?

  • Diebner is working with another physicist, whose  name is Werner Heisenberg. Communications between  

  • the two Nazi scientists had been intercepted  revealing that Heisenberg has calculated  

  • that using nuclear fission to create a chain  reaction may be the Nazi's path to producing  

  • a nuclear explosion. It would seem that the Nazis  understand the basic principles of an atomic bomb  

  • and Hitler might be closer to completing an  atomic bomb than anyone originally thought.

  • It is clear that Nazi scientists have  figured out the basic principles of fission,  

  • but have not yet been able to weaponize atomic  energy. However information from a Norwegian  

  • scientist who escaped Nazi occupied Norway  provides vital information on the path the  

  • Nazis are planning to take to create their nuclear  bomb. The scientist had worked at a facility that  

  • specializes in creating heavy water. Heavy water  is a water molecule that has hydrogen atoms with a  

  • neutron in their nucleus. This is very rare, but  gives the hydrogen atoms more mass, making the  

  • water molecule itself heavier. This special form  of hydrogen is vital to the Nazi nuclear program,  

  • because it can be used to created the chain  reaction needed for a nuclear explosions.  

  • If the Nazis are allowed to continue using  the heavy water facility, they will eventually  

  • be able to create an atomic bomb. A mission  must be organized to shut down the facility.

  • Allied Command is informed of the  role the heavy water facility plays  

  • in Hitler's nuclear program and a secret mission  called Operation Gunnerside is organized.  

  • The chemists who worked at the heavy water  facility in Vemork, 100 miles outside of Oslo,  

  • volunteer to spearhead the mission. They  already have a working knowledge of the facility  

  • and will be able to infiltrate and disrupt the  Nazi operations. They are trained in Scotland and  

  • put through rigorous physical and mental testsBy the end of their short training regiment they  

  • have the basic skills of a special forces unit. The leader of the squad is Leif Tronstad. He is  

  • nicknamed the Mailman by his comrades. Tronstad  was a professor of chemistry before the war  

  • started. When the Germans invaded Norway he  enlisted and fought to protect his country.  

  • Norway lost and became one of the many  European countries occupied by the Nazis.  

  • Tronstan joined the underground and provided the  Allies with intelligence on what the Nazis were  

  • using the heavy water at the Vemork facility  for. He escaped Norway and went to England to  

  • relay all the information he had gatheredOnce in England he only wanted one thing;  

  • to be sent back to Norway with a squad  of soldiers to disrupt the Nazi's plans.

  • The intelligence that Tronstan provides informs  the Allies that they can not just bomb the  

  • facility. All of the vital equipment is deep  underground, and even if the plant is bombed,  

  • operations most likely can resume with minor  adjustments. Also, innocent Norwegian civilians  

  • are working in the heavy water facility and will  be killed in a bombing raid. The Allies know they  

  • need boots on the ground. The Norwegian scientists  under the command of Tronstan are assigned the job  

  • of killing Nazis and disrupting their  plans for the heavy water facility.

  • After receiving their training  on sabotage and stealth warfare  

  • from a top secret British unit called  the Special Operation Executive,  

  • the Norwegian unit is ready for their missionThey are flown to Norway and air dropped outside  

  • of Vemork. The Norwegian squad knows that  the facility is already a natural fortress.  

  • It can only be accessed by a single-lane  suspension bridge and is surrounded by  

  • mountains. Legend has it that the air grows  cold so fast, that it can freeze the flames  

  • of a fire. The Norwegian squad buckles in  for the coldest few weeks of their lives.

  • The scientists turned soldiers spend days skiing  through the snow to collect more intel on the  

  • operations at the facility. They were all born  and raised in Norway, so they grew up in similar  

  • harsh environments. They use their new training  and longtime knowledge to carefully make their  

  • way through forests and across mountains. Howeverthe natural topography is not the only thing the  

  • Norwegian squad has to worry about. The Nazis  have surrounded the facility with minefields,  

  • searchlights, barbed wire, and patrolsIt seems that the heavy water factory is  

  • now a Nazi fortress. But the mission has to  succeed. The Nazis might be close to creating  

  • a nuclear weapon. The disruption of their  heavy water facility could slow them down.

  • After days in the harsh environmentthe squad decides there is only one way  

  • into the Nazi fortress. They  must climb down the steep cliff  

  • that the heavy water facility sits againstThey slowly rappel down the icy rock wall,  

  • supporting one another incase someone slips. It is  treacherous, but the squad makes it down without  

  • any mishaps. They infiltrate the facility through  one of the rarely used back doors, being sure  

  • not to trip any alarms. The Norwegian squad sets  explosives at key points around the facility. They  

  • sneak through winding concrete hallways, always  making sure they are one step ahead of the Nazis.

  • The squad escapes out of the facility and moves  to a safe distance. Then they wait and watch.  

  • The explosives go off, causing fires to erupt  all over the facility. The machinery is damaged  

  • and will take months to repair. They successfully  disrupted Hitler's ability to make heavy water,  

  • and the Allies can breathe a sigh of relief  that Nazis will not be able to create any  

  • more heavy water for nuclear weapons in the near  future. But what if they have already stored up  

  • enough heavy water to make an atomic bomb? Is it  possible the Nazi's already have everything they  

  • need for nuclear warfare? The Allies need to  make sure that Hitler does not already have a  

  • stockpile of atomic bombs hidden somewhereIt's time to move on to the next mission.

  • Further intel from Allied soldiers suggests  that there might be an operational nuclear  

  • reactor somewhere in Germany. This can not be  confirmed, but nothing can be left to chance.  

  • The Allies are making great progress across the  world. The United States has even completed the  

  • testing of their nuclear bombs and the  devastation it causes is immense. If  

  • Hitler has his own atomic bomb, he might  turn Europe into a radioactive wasteland.

  • Allied forces are advancing on Berlin. It  seems that Hitler is backed into a corner,  

  • but that is when a wild  animal is the most dangerous.  

  • Intel comes in that scientists working under  Diebner have built and tested a nuclear device.  

  • The Germans are doing everything in their  power to try and turn the war around.

  • Allied Command puts together a secret  mission to kidnap Hitler's main scientists.  

  • If successful the mission will end the  possibility of a Nazi nuclear bomb once  

  • and for all. A covert special-ops unit  is formed, code-named the Alsos Mission  

  • and nicknamedLightning A.” The  team is led by Colonel Boris Pash.  

  • Pash was the counterintelligence officer in charge  of security for America's nuclear-weapons program.

  • Pash and Lightning A follow the Allied troops to  the front lines. They interrogate any scientists  

  • that are captured along the way for more  information about the Nazi nuclear program.  

  • It seems that the Nazis do not have a nuclear  bomb yet. But the Allies need to be sure,  

  • so Pash's team presses forward with the  rest of the advancing Allied troops.  

  • Lightning A is about to embark  on their most dangerous mission.

  • Pash and Lightning A push pass the advancing  Allied forces. They are now operating on their  

  • own behind enemy lines. The advance forward was  not moving fast enough for Lightning A's mission.  

  • Unfortunately, the special force has to  deal with some of the toughest Nazi soldiers  

  • still left in the war, the Wehrwolf. This is the  name given to the bands of diehard Nazi youth.  

  • They will not give up, and are waiting  to kill any Allies that cross their path.

  • Pash and Lightning A reach Heidelberg  where they come upon a large Nazi force.  

  • Things can go really bad, really  fast, if they are not careful.  

  • But the Nazi soldiers believe the war is  almost over and surrender to Lightning A.  

  • The Nazis are interrogated for information on the  whereabouts of the remaining nuclear scientists.  

  • The information that is uncovered leads Lightning  A to a secret Nazi nuclear laboratory hidden in a  

  • cave. The lab contains a test nuclear reactorIt is disassembled immediately. The problem now  

  • is that the Nazi scientists have been tipped off  about the Allies' special mission. They are on  

  • the run. The fact that there is a test reactor in  the cave is not a good sign. Pash and Lightning A  

  • need to capture the rogue scientists to ensure  Hitler does not have nuclear capabilities.

  • Lightening A pushes further into enemy  territory and continue to uncover clues  

  • about the Nazi nuclear program. A  nuclear research facility is found,  

  • hidden in a textile mill with laboratories  in the surrounding buildings. They have  

  • finally stumbled upon what they are looking  for. Lightening A captures 25 scientists.

  • Through intense interrogation the Nazis  reveal the location of hidden research files.  

  • They have been stored in a watertight drum and  sunk into a cesspool. Those Nazi bastards are  

  • not making things easy for Pash and Lightening A.  Members of the squad have to dig through feces,  

  • but eventually locate the drum with  all of the notes and research in it.  

  • The Nazis have conducted a lot of research around  nuclear weapons. Pash is nervous that Hitler may  

  • be preparing for one last push using nuclear  weapons. Lightening A needs to find one of the  

  • men who started the Nazi nuclear research  program. A man who has more knowledge than  

  • practically anyone else about Nazi nuclear  capabilities, Pash needs to find Heisenberg.

  • Intel has uncovered that Heisenberg is hiding  in the Bavarian Alps. Pash takes Lightening A  

  • to track him down. The squad is attacked  again and again by the Wehrwolf youths.  

  • They engage in gorilla warfare across the Alpsall to find one Nazi scientist. Due to all of  

  • the fighting Lightening A has been reduced  to 20 men, but they are close to their goal.

  • Lightning A reaches the town of Urfeld  where they encounter approximately 700 SS  

  • troops. Pash uses his cunning, and a little  lying, to convince the commanders of the Nazi  

  • soldiers that he has a lot more men  than just twenty worn down soldiers.  

  • The Nazis decide to surrender instead  of fight. The commanders eventually  

  • give up the location of Heisenberg, who is  hiding in a mountain cabin not too far away.  

  • Lightening A captures the scientist two days  before Hitler commits suicide. After questioning  

  • Heisenberg it is clear Hitler never had, and was  never really close to having nuclear weapons.

  • It is a great relief that the Nazis  never developed nuclear weapons.  

  • The war may have gone very differently if they  had. “But why didn't they? Hitler undeniably had  

  • the resources and scientists to make an atomic  bomb a reality. The main reason it seems is  

  • because Hitler never really put the energy or  effort into developing his nuclear program. He  

  • had been so successful with his troops, tanksand aircraft, that he didn't see any reason to  

  • pump money into developing an atomic bomb until  it was too late. Towards the end, he began to  

  • realize a nuclear weapon could turn the tide of  the war back in his favor, but it was too late.

  • Another issues is that the Nazi nuclear  program was divided into different camps.  

  • There were several different scientists working  on nuclear fission, but they seemed to be more  

  • in competition than working together. This  is one of the reasons the United States  

  • developed nuclear weapons first. The U.S.  consolidated all research to one project,  

  • the Manhattan Project, so all scientists  were working together collaboratively.

  • Now the second world war is over  and there is no longer any need to  

  • worry about Hitler and his crazy idea  for a Third Reich. The world is safe  

  • from the threat of nuclear devastation  and everyone can sleep safely at night.  

  • There's just one little problemThe Cold War is about to begin.

  • Now check out what might have happened if Hitler  did have nuclear weapons and won World War II by  

  • watchingWhat If Hitler Had Won?” Or check out  “50 Insane Cold War Facts That Will Shock You!”

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How Close Did Nazi's Come to Creating the Atomic Bomb?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/01/20
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