The idea I described above was merely the second string of the German WMD programme, and Witcher is quite right when he questions what use the A9/10 would have been with the one-tonne HE warhead or the alleged Heisenberg uranium "bomb".
Whereas there is no evidence whatever that Hitler's scientists ever embarked on a project to build an atom bomb, there is a great deal to suggest that work was advanced on an unconventional non-nuclear explosive capable of being mass-produced and which had the same killing power as an Hiroshima-type atom bomb.
"In general, it may be said that the Germans were about 6 months too late in the development and mass production of new weapons." James Forrestal, US Navy Secretary, "New York Times", 28.8.1945.
"The Germans were preparing rocket surprises for the whole world in general and England in particular which would have, it is believed, changed the course of the war if the invasion of Germany had been postponed for so short a time as half a year."
Col Donald L Putt, Deputy Cmmdg.Gen. USAAF Intelligence, from his article in "Harper's Magazine", October 1946, p.329.
"The V-2 rocket was just a toy compared to what the Germans had up their sleeve."
British Intelligence CIOS Report XXXII-125
The politically correct stance nowadays is that there were no miracle weapons in the Nazi pipeline and Hitler was all bluff. The three quotes above made immediately after the war suggest that it is the modern West which is bluffing by postulating it as an historical fact that Hitler had no miracle weapons.
The first two quotes above put Hitler six months short of victory, or a negotiated peace, and from Colonel Putt's observation we see that the miracle explosive was rocket-borne. The technology of the time rules out a nuclear warhead. It had to be something conventional, or quasi-conventional.
The trail is actually quite easy to follow:
"Dr Zippermayer was sent to Vienna and told to set up his own laboaratory where he would receive supplementary equipment to further his experiments for the Luftwaffe. The laboratory was located at Weimarer Strasse 87. He had a staff of 35. His main project was a coal dust explosive for the Enzian and Schmetterling flak rocket. The concussion of the explosion could break the wings of a bomber. It was ready by August 1943 but work was then halted."
US Forces Austria, Counter-Intelligence Corps, Salzburg, 4.Aug.1945 Case No S/Z/55 Dr Mario Zippermayer: NARA/RG 319 Entry 82a "Reports and Messages, ALSOS".
"Some of the claimed German secret weapons are mythical, the result of a romantic appreciation of intensive research...but the "whirlwind bomb", which produced an artificial whirlwind, is absolutely authentic even though it seems improbable. The device was constructed and tested by a certain Dr Zippermayer of Lofer in the Austrian Tyrol. The tests...fired projectiles containing coal dust and a slow acting explosive. The effect was sufficient to create an artifical whirlwind capable of bringing down an aircraft over a radius of 914 metres from the point of detonation...."
"German Secret Weapons": Brian Ford, Barrie Pitt and Sir Basil Liddell Hart, 1975.
Next we have a British Intelligence Report:
"Von Ardenne was involved in the major project in 1944. Extremely good results had been obtained from a mixture of 60% liquid air and 40% coal dust. The technical man responsible for the work was a Dr Zippermayer. The first trials were made at Doeberitz near Berlin using a charge of about 8 kgs powder. The liquid air and coal dust were mixed together. Kreutzfeld did this himself. In an area of 500-600 metres radius trees were all completely destroyed. Then the explosion started to rise and affected only tree tops.
Further trials were made by adding a paper impregnated with some strange waxy substance to the mixture. Bombs of 25 kg and 50 kg containing this powder were dropped at Starberger See and some photos taken. Standartenfuehrer Klumm showed the album to Brandt (Himmler's scientific adviser). This more intensive explosion covered an area of 4 to 4.5 kilometres radius. All trees on a hillside 6 kilometres away were destroyed..."
BIOS (British Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee) Final report 142(g): Information Obtained from Targets of Opportunity in the Sonthofen area, HMSO.
A British spymaster alluded to these bombs in his book:
"Among the agents brought out from BSC was one whose report, sealed and stamped "This is of particular secrecy", told of "certain liquid air bombs being developed in Germany of terrific destructive power".
William Stevenson, Director British Security Coordination, New York, 1941-1945: "A Man Called Intrepid", Sphere Books, 1977, at page 414.
The nature of the effect of the bomb was said to be as follows: "blast, shock wave of hurricane force developing in all directions up to 6 kms, an artifical whirlwind of fire, a lightning storm at ground level which burns up all the air in the affected area and suffocates the survivors of the blast and fire." These bombs could be mass-produced, the main technical work was in producing the "waxy substance" to add to the liquid air and coal dust.
"The German miracle explosive is built on the atomic principle".
Goebbels, August 1943.
Built on the "atomic principle", whatever that is, but not an atom bomb.
In a table talk with Marshal Antonescu on 5 October 1944, Hitler said: "Another of my four V-Weapons is of such potent effect that all life is extinguished within three kilometres from the point of detonation."
(Picker: Hitlers Tischgespraeche)
Throughout the war, Claere Werner was custodian of the Wachsenburg watch tower situated on high ground a few miles NE of Ohrdruf. At 2126 on the evening of 4 March 1945 she testified to having seen an explosive test on the Ohrdruf Troop Training Ground behind Roehrensee:
"There was a brightness like hundreds of lightning flashes, but red inside and yellow outside. Then came a tremendous hurricane gust after which it all fell quiet. Next day local residents kept having physical problems." Another witness stated that the "additive" had been 100 gms. There was some kind of miscalculation and the explosion "went beyond the limits". 400 concentration camp people and 20 SS guards were scorched to death. The bodies were burnt on a communal pyre and for some reason the ashes scattered across the Harz mountains from an aircraft.
On 12 March 1945 witness Claere Werner testified that she saw another, smaller test. "I was told I must never mention anything I had seen, and particularly not the hundreds of bolts of lightning."
(DDR 1962 Judicial Committee of Enquiry into Events at Ohrdruf, 1944-1945: Arnstadt Municipal Archives).
Notice that the witnesses watched the explosions on a dark night: this would not have been possible with a nuclear test. The meteorological effects are also noteworthy.
The suggestion had been made that the "additive" or "waxy substance" was unconventional material:
"I refused to use a bomb which could have destroyed all civilisation".
Hermann Goering, upon his capture, May 1945, reported in: Franz Kurowski, "Von der bedingungslosen Kapitulation bis zur Mondorfer Erklaerung" in GFP eV Kongress Protokol 1985, POtsdam and Yalta, Bassum 1985.
The "additive" or "waxy material" seems to be a potent reagent. There were three known centres where work was done to make this substance:
(1) Pilot project, Waldenburg near Breslau (modern Poland). A converted coal-mine where unorthodox experiments were performed in plasma physics.
(2) Ohrdruf. This centre was a huge subterranean metropolis of four stories extending for a mile in every direction in the shape of a cross, located below the Army Training Ground. Ohrdruf was the Last Redoubt, and the last FHQ. Patton 3.Army blew up the bottom two stories after an inspection. Strange atmospheric effects persist at Ohrdruf to the present day.
(3) The bank of centrifuges was located in a subterranean laboratory at Espenkamp near Muenster. The Farm Hall scientists including Heisenberg were brought here after the war and asked to explain the purpose of the centrifuges.