What If Nazi Germany Had Built the Atomic Bomb?

Seventy-two years ago yesterday, the United States dropped the atomic bomb for the first time. The obliteration of Hiroshima left at least 90,000 Japanese soldiers and civilians dead. Three days later, mankind’s first nuclear salvo was followed by the second (and hopefully last) use of nuclear weapons. The apocalyptic mushroom cloud over Nagasaki and the 39,000 casualties that accompanied it were enough to force Japan’s surrender in World War II six days later.

via Instapundit

  • vwVwwVwv

    What if Japan had them?

    • Or Canada!

      • Hard Little Machine

        Both India and Pakistan trace their nuclear weapons program back to the Atoms for Peace program courtesy of a Canada provided CANDU research reactor.

      • vwVwwVwv

        Canada of 1945? There would be no Japan and Germany would be below sea level, kind of.

    • Indeed.

      Had any Asian country other than Japan had the bomb, there would be no Japan today. Such was and is the hatred for the Japanese (due to their ghastly actions).

      The Americans at least knew when to stop.

      More died in the Tokyo fire-bombings earlier that year:



      • vwVwwVwv

        What’s interesting today, Nagasaki is one of the city’s with the highest longlivity
        in the world…. Knowing this I get strange ideas, lol.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They would have used it on Russia not London.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    There is much to speculate here. France might have gotten it if the Maginot Line had held. Frederic Joliot and wife Irene Curie built the only cyclotron in Europe at the time the war began and he had filed four patent applications for nuclear reactors (which were never built). When the Germans breached French defenses, Joliot mailed all his research papers on this subject to friend James Chadwick in England and sent Irene and children to Switzerland so that no Curie would be living under German occupation. Chadwick brought these papers with him to the Manhattan Project. The Germans tried to cajole Joliot into conducting nuclear research for them on his cyclotron, but he faked the experiments.

  • Read “The Bells of Nagasaki” by Dr. Takashi Nagai:


    I took this photo of statues of Saints Cecilia, John and unidentified. They were burned by the bomb when Urakami Church once stood. They were incorporated in the grounds of the newly built Urakami Cathedral https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de821e11fabaf7ae657e3facce009e524b5740e323b35bc09f44d49e308f1c40.jpg :

    • vwVwwVwv

      I am not making fun of the loss nore of the suffering, it’s just perplexing to have Nagasaki as record holder. In the end nobody gaind nothing and we see today, people can get along. Still Nagasaki is one of 3 city’s which have the most over 100year old people
      per capita in the world, it is stunning.

      • Let’s put it this way: two bombs were dropped on Japan and there was world peace.

        Nothing was dropped on Saudi Arabia.

        So …

  • simus1

    It also left all POWS in Japanese hands still alive to some extent which had not been part of their latest updated plans A, B, etc etc.

  • It’s glass parking lot time.