September 16, 1939 - Germany
Army Weapons Bureau (Heereswaffenamt) recruits German scientists
for a wartime uranium project. Organizing scientists are
Nazi party members.
September 26, 1939 - A
second conference of the Germany Army Weapons Bureau meets
to discuss Uranium fission. The Kaiser Wilhem Institute
will now house Germany's secret military nuclear-fission
|December 6, 1939:
Heisenberg reports that enrichment of U235 is the only method
of producing explosives "several orders of magnitude
more powerful than the strongest explosives yet known."
The first ton of highly purified uranium oxide is delivered
to the German Army Weapons office by the Auer Company.
||May 3, 1940: German
troops in Norway seize control of the world's only heavy water
production facility and step up production to supply the German
Heisenberg meets with Niels Bohr in Nazi-occupied Copenhagen
and brings up nuclear fission research.
||February 26, 1942:
At a conference in Berlin to Nazi Leaders, Heisenberg explains
that a reactor could be used in submarines, U235 can be used
to make a bomb and that a reactor could generate plutonium.
||June 4, 1942:
A secret meeting with War Minister Speer and nuclear scientists
including Heisenberg who describes atomic bombs as possible
but not in the near future.