AUTHORHenshall, Philip
TITLEThe Nuclear Axis: Germany, Japan and the Atom Bomb Race 1939-1945
PUBLISHERSutton Publishing
CITYPhoenix Mill, England

This book claims that Japan and Nazi Germany were far more successful in the pursuit of nuclear weapons during World War II than has been recognized. Philip Henshall asserts that a previously underestimated level of cooperation existed between Japan and Germany on their nuclear weapons programs. He hypothesizes that Nazi Germany and Japan developed secret trade-routes for the transfer of nuclear weapons-related materials, citing otherwise unwarranted levels of go-between airplane and submarine travel. Henshall concludes that the Germans were much closer to completing their bomb than the Allies estimated; he interprets the pursuit of several anomalous V-1 and V-2 designs by German rocket scientists to indicate that rockets were being especially designed to be fitted with nuclear warheads. He also proposes that captured German nuclear scientists covered up the amount of progress they had made on their bomb project after the war. He similarly concludes that the Japanese nuclear program was advanced; he goes so far as to speculate that Japan actually detonated its own nuclear device in August of 1945.

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