Washington: Classified documents from the archives of Washington DC claim the Nazis tested a “rudimentary” nuclear device before the end of the war.
Shocking revelations about the Third Reich’s nuclear programme comes after the full extent of Hitler’s Nazi nuclear weapons programme was revealed by Daily Star Online.
Documents unearthed in the National Archives were compiled by British and American spies along with four German experts – including three scientists and a missile technician.
Hitler plotted to mount dirty bombs and nuclear warheads on the tips of Nazi’s devastating Vengeance V2 rockets which were in striking distance of Britain.
The Nazi leader was always encouraging scientists to develop “wunderwaffes” – or wonder weapons – in bid to win the war.
Nazi Germany did manage to drop a basic nuclear device in a test near the town of Ludwigslust, according to declassified file APO 696.
Documents reveal the Nazis failed to obtain a full-power device similar to the bombs dropped on Japan by the US, but they did have manage to detonate an improvised nuclear device (IND) in 1944.
Proof of the Nazi device comes from compiled testimonies from a test pilot who claims to have witnessed the test and and a war correspondent sent by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini to witness the test of a “new weapon”, reports Bild.
Allied forces compiled the report from 1944 to 1947. German test pilot Hans Zinsser gives a statement in the file in which he describes seeing a mushroom cloud in the sky during a flight near Ludwigslust.
Allied investigators record his statement: “In early October 1944 I flew away 12-15 km from a nuclear test station near Ludwigslust (South of Lübeck).
“A cloud shaped like a mushroom with turbulent, billowing sections(at about 7000 metres) stood, without any seeming connections over the spot where the explosion took place.
“Strong electrical disturbances and the impossibility to continue radio communication as by lighting turned up.”
The pilot estimated the cloud stretching for 5 miles and described “strange colourings” followed by a blast wave.
Another pilot is also said to have witnessed the same phenomena when flying near the nuclear test station.
Other documents reveal Italian correspondent Luigi Romersa allegedly observed the same explosion from on the ground on the request of dictator Benito Mussolini.
The report concludes the Nazis never managed to obtain a fully operation nuclear device, but the witness accounts suggest a test was carried out by the Reich.
Hitler is accepted to have not been able to obtain a full-power nuclear weapon, by historians have suggested Nazi scientists did have the technology and were “two years ahead” of the Allies.
Nazis enjoyed a horrifying perfect storm of brilliant scientists and slave labour in their race to the nuclear bomb, respected British author Damien Lewis told Daily Star Online.
He described a secret war being waged between the Allies and Axis powers in a race to the nuclear bomb – which was not over until General Groves discovered the Third Reich’s reactor hidden in a cave n the tiny village of Haigerloch, Germany.
Hitler considered nuclear bombs the “ultimate terror weapons” and would have targeted cities such as London and New York.
Daily Star Online revealed Hitler’s obsession with terror weapons such as the monster tank the Panzer-1000 Ratte.