Hitler's Atomic Bomb Test Report of Oct, 1944
The German Atomic Bomb
By June 1942, the German scientists working on the atomic bomb had solved the problem of creating one- in theory, but nothing could be done in the short term because of a lack of plutonium. Germany feared that the USA would have one by 1944. If developed, Germany might be able to drop on New York City from a flying boat, a BV 238. By 1944, the Germans had a very comprehensive nuclear facility at Eulenberg producing heavy water and the development of a strange high-energy weapon by the SS. One of the companies heavily involved is around today, Siemens AG and Farben.
After the war, in 1946, the USN produced a report by Capt. Hickey about the German Atomic Bomb after extensive investigation, it was reviewed and signed off by a leading German scientist. It is the only known eyewitness report confirming one of the few atomic bomb tests the Germans conducted.
The report states that a German, ZInsser, a rocket expert, was flying in a small aircraft around in the first week of October, 1944, in the vincinity from Ludwiglust and south of Lubeck. This was 12-15 km from the German atomic bomb test facility. Zinsser, suddenly witnessed a strong, bright illumination of all the atmosphere and saw the clearly visible pressure wave approaching with a diameter of 1 km. The cloud changed colors rapidly mostly blue to red. It lasted for 2-3 seconds. He described that there was a short period of darkness and then numerous blue light spots. After 10 seconds, the cloud seemed to disappear but reappear in a lighter color. He noticed that the pressure wave, which was still visible, was at least 9000 m in diameter and continued for 15 seconds. His aircraft felt the wave which jostled the small observation plane, but he remained in control of it.
Zinsser landed his aircraft and was flying again in a He 111 within an hour of the mystery. His aircraft flew to the spot where the explosion had been spotted. This is where he encountered and odd shaped mushroom cloud at 3-4000 m, which continued to produce turbulence. he noticed strong electrical communication interference. Zinsser, in the report, noted he could not understand why such explosions would be conducted near large population centers.
The USN stated that the report is highly credible and has all the signatures of an atomic bomb test and determined the Germans had tested a 1,000 ton TNT bomb, or something else with as much force. They concluded that the Germans had by this date produced enough fissile material for at least two atomic bombs, maybe more. Zinsser or other investigation yielded nothing about radioactive fallout, which is odd.
More tests did, in fact occur, another occurred on March 4, 1945 at Ohrdruf using a 100 gram nuclear explosive. This test actually seriously wounded or killed over 700 POWs, as they were too close. Those killed were burned, those who survived suffered from severe nosebleeds and untreatable burns. Another A-bomb test occurred on March 12, this time with no casualties.
Hitler was informed and on March 27th, he wanted to use it somehow. Oddly enough, Speer and Himmler vehemently opposed to using this new weapon in a long range rocket! By this date, Germany did have a few atomic bombs to use but lacked the means to deliver them because the Allies ruled the sky and much of Germany was now part of the front line.
Whatever secrets found at the German atomic bomb facility at Ohrdruf in May, 1945, remains classified from the public until 2045. Zinsser's report is the only document not classified as such and is a window into the other still classified documents at the National Archives.
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