One interesting thing about WW2 that doesn't get a lot of press (thanks to the material being really dry and non military in nature).
One of my obsessions is with science. I am as comfortable with theoretical physics, as I am with tank tactics.
Before the war actually got hot, the Nazis, thanks to their obsession with purging jewish science assisted in the ruination of their atomic efforts, by convincing the then scientific minds living in Germany, to seek safer nations to live in.
It was not all this group that made some of the big breaktroughs in the late 40's 50's and 60s of course. Some of the scientists grabbed as Germany collapsed at the end, were definitely influential thinkers.
But picture what might have happened, if some of the men that made the manhattan project hum, had remained in Germany. No these men would not always have worked tirelessly for the Nazi war machine. These men had grave misgivings working for the Allies as well. There were serious worries over fiddling with the atom prior to the first bomb testings.
But thanks to racism, many of the scientisfic community were elsewhere when Germany was seeking the bomb. And the men that were seeking it during the war, were seeking it along roads that were leading nowhere fast.
That is why, most that have studied physics, don't tend to give a lot of interest to notions of a German bomb project with racism intact. If the war had lasted 5 more years, there is no reason to assume the germans would have gotten the bomb.
They were not having a lot of problems perfecting jets and rockets though. But they would have had to settle for conventional munitions in them.
And the Russians, well I suppose they would have had to get them through spies like they in fact did on numerous occasions.
I LIKE that my life bothers them,
Why should I be the only one bothered by it eh.