From: LI, NY
but as I recall the German use of heavy water in the making of a nuclear weapon was discounted as being a red herring.
IIRC, at first we thought heavy water was important, but further research showed it not to be true. We went in a different direction at that point.
Consider this as well. Maybe Germany didn't have the money or minds that weren't working on other things to to build a bomb. What she really lacked was the industrial input to achieve success. I remember seeing a docu in which it was stated Speer ask one of his subordinates what it would take to produce a nuclear bomb. When he got the report he claimed that if the numbers were correct it would have diverted resources on such a scale that Germany would have already lost the war. True? I don't know. But...
Here's what I am aware of...
It took a lot electrical energy to refine uranium to weapons grade material. Just look where the plants were built. Oak Ridge, TN and, Hanford, WA. What is it that these two sites have in common. A large surplus supply of electricity due to the TVA and Roosevelt's 'New Deal'. Talk about serendipity.
Maybe there's more to it. Maybe I'm way off the mark. Don't know for sure, but its always something I've considered/wondered about.
At any rate, to me all this talk about German possibilities is just so much hot air. Even her jet program was a flop. 'You mean the Me-262'. Yup. Engines had an average life of ~25 hrs. Not a war winner. Now had Germany had the needed metals for the needed alloys, who knows? Another one I like is that if she could only have produced more of this or that tank. I don't care if she could have built 100,000 more tanks or planes for that matter. Where was she to get the gas to drive them? Food for thought. In 1944, Germany used her most fuel in a single year of the war, 5.5 million gallons, and drained her reserves. In contrast, the British public consumed 20 millions of gas that year.
Germany, like Japan had neither the industry (although she had much more), nor the resources to develop the weapons and number thereof to win against the powers arrayed against her.
P.S.Must be a slow news day, or else they're trying to cover something else.
< Message edited by rustysi -- 9/25/2018 9:36:07 PM >
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