How Nazi Germany Surrendered Enriched Uranium for the United States' Atomic Bomb
by Carter Plymton Hydrick
Pub Date 01 Aug 2016
In 2011, the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail Online reported 126,000 barrels of radioactive uranium waste left over from the Nazi atomic bomb program was discovered 2,000 feet underground in salt mines outside of Hamburg, Germany. The find – which turned the traditional history of the Atomic Bomb on its head – has been rattling historians ever since. Researcher and author Carter Plymton Hydrick predicted fifteen years ago the stockpile existed. Now read the update with all the latest information in this third edition of Critical Mass.
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On May 19, 1945, eleven days after the surrender of Nazi Germany in Europe, a lone U-boat was escorted into Portsmouth Naval Yard, New Hampshire. News reporters covering the surrender of U-234 were ordered, contrary to all previous and later U-boat surrender procedures, to keep their distance from crew members and passengers of U-234 – on threat of being shot by the attending Marine guards.
Why the tight security? Buried in the nose of the mammoth boat, sealed in cylinders “lined with gold,” was 560 kilograms, 1,120 pounds, of enriched uranium oxide labeled “U235” – the fissile material from which atom bombs are made.
Dr. Delmar Bergen (retired), former Los Alamos National Laboratory director of the Nuclear Weapons Program, confirms the uranium on board U-234 was enriched and used in the atomic bomb dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, Japan, counter to all previous understanding of these events. Read critically acclaimed Critical Mass to learn the real story of the birth of nuclear weapons and the Nuclear Age and to gain a better understanding of what our 21st Century might have looked like had the uranium fallen into different hands.
Praise for Critical Mass!
Compelling … as gripping as good fiction. Hydrick’s book is important history well written.
Tony Hillerman, New York Times Best Selling Author
Certainly leads the experienced physicist to believe.
Dr. Delmar Bergen, retired
Former Director, Nuclear Weapons Program
Los Alamos National Laboratory
The assertion in Critical Mass that the uranium surrendered to U.S.
authorities onboard the German submarine U-234 was enriched U235
[enriched uranium] is certainly a credible conclusion in view of the storage,
containment and prevailing shipping conditions.
Dr. Gary Sandquist
Former Instructor of Nuclear Engineering
United States Military Academy, West Point
Critical Mass brings to the surface defining new information, long hidden
within archives, about the birth of the Atomic Bomb.… Should be
in every library.
D. Ray Smith
Oak Ridge Y-12 (uranium enrichment facility) Historian
This is a fascinating book …with excellent primary source research.
Former United Nations spokesperson
Critical Mass offers the scholar of modern history and the World
War Two history buff important new information about the race for
the atomic bomb. Its conclusions, based on primary sources, that the
Manhattan Project used atomic bomb components received from Nazi
Germany in the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, appear
plausible and logical.
Hydrick’s well-written account provides lucid understanding of hitherto
unknown and important aspects of the birth of the Nuclear Age.”
Dr. Anthony Stranges
Associate Professor of Modern Military Science and Technology
Texas A&M University
A coherent and well researched history of events that have been covered
up for half a century – exciting and revealing!
Pacifica Radio Host