A documentary that aired on German TV earlier in the week claims that during the final year of the Second World War, the Nazis developed a crude prototype of an atom bomb and tested it successfully in Thuringia, eastern Germany, using Russians prisoners of war as guinea pigs for the test.
The documentary, titled, “The Search for Hitler’s Atom Bomb,” aired on the German ZDF channel, also claimed that the Nazis built a “flying saucer” to drop the nuclear weapon on selected targets, the Mirror reports.
The documentary supported its claims by quoting from secret Russian and U.S. intelligence records. The documentary also quoted from German research records recovered after the war, extensive reports compiled from interrogation of former Nazi German scientists and eyewitness accounts of goings-on at the secret underground research site in Thuringia, according to the Express.
If the claims are true, it means that the Third Reich was only a step away from acquiring a nuclear weapon with sufficient destructive force to change the course of the war in the final days of fighting when allied victory appeared to be assured.
According to historian Matthia Uhl, the Nazis intensified efforts to build an atom bomb in the dying days of the war when all hopes of battlefront victory were lost.
The Nazi atom bomb program, carried out in secret underground tunnels at the Jonas Valley in Thuringia, eastern Germany, was under the supervision of an S.S. officer called Hans Kammler, who received orders directly from the Fuhrer.
Kammler had earlier been in charge of large scale projects exploiting the labor of tens of thousands of prisoners of war to build and run weapons factories and a network of underground bunkers for the Nazi commanders.
The U.S. government has kept the wealth of information it obtained about the atom bomb program of the Third Reich secret. But Russian intelligence reports revealed that the Nazis were “in the throes of making and testing a new secret weapon, which has a large destructive force.”
According to the Russian intelligence reports, the Nazis had built and tested successfully at Thuringia, two crude prototypes of a nuclear weapon. The first test, according to the documentary, was conducted in March 1945.
“The Germans are in the throes of making and testing a new secret weapon, which has a large destructive force. The available bomb has a diameter of 1.5 meters. It consists of interlocking hollow balls.”
“Communicated by our reliable source from Germany: the Germans have conducted two explosions in Thuringia with great force.”
“[Russian prisoners of war] in the centre of the explosion were killed and often no trace remained of them. Also a strong radioactive effect has been observed.”
According to the Daily Mail, U.S war reports reveal that the U.S. supreme commander in Europe, Dwight Eisenhower, had ordered surveillance flights in Thuringia to investigate troubling reports of a secret nuclear weapons program.
But the flights yielded no evidence of the rumors.
The authorities sealed off the site at Thuringia after the war, but investigators claim that the first allied troops to reach the site found a crude atom bomb and flying saucers built to carry the bombs.
The claims appear to be corroborated by multiple reports of sightings of flying saucers, popularly called “foo fightgers,” apparently undergoing test flights near the end of the war.
However, the final piece of the puzzle — where the uranium needed to build a Nazi atom bomb came from — remains missing.