1944 Ernest Zaugg Uranium Torpedoes Goebbels Kai Siegbahn Long Beach Independent CA January 9
inform Goebbels Says Uranium Torpedoes 50 Times More Powerful Than Dynamite By ERNEST ZAUGG I INS SUiff Correspondent) BERNE, Jan. S.--Has Germany perfected a new atomic bomb capable of unprecedented destruction? "uranium torpedo" is supposed to be driven by five to seven exploding at intervals at the beginning of and during its flight. It is steered by radio, according Neutral scientists doubt it, but j to the nazi reports, and its Dr. Goebbels' propaganda master- ! cxpiosion derived from an atom minds are spreading rumors ap-1 Â« t i- 1 ,. ,,,.,,,,,,,,- s, ,,,HnTfprl -,t parently calculated to create the jsplilt.ng process, is estimated impression that the nazis have ', 50 times more powerful than to a new weapon in readiness. the While Goebbels' claims may be home front j morale in Germany and playing for ] a new game in the war of nerves with the allies, it is interesting to note how the nazi* describe this ! new "secret weapon." I It is described as an "atomic j uranium air torpedo" capable, ac- cording to Goebbels, of laying i n ' waste to a 50 mile area. Twice as big as the ordinary water borne torpedo, the so called O N D R I N G longed for a the her? Now true! A "Keepsake" finest gift wedding "Keepsake" LEWES $200 dynamite. Editor's note: German scientists are known to have been ng a method of releasing the rific power "bottled up" in the Â·Ucms of uranium, a lustrous ictal. A process for "splitting" such atoms has been devjsed in aboratory experiments but so as is known the violent cxpiosion which theoretically should result las not yet been achieved due complicating factors still to be surmounted.) According to the nazi reports spread by Dr, Goebbels' department, thousands of German chem- sts and physicists have been working at a feverish pace in underground laboratories to perfect the "uranium torpedo." The scientists have been closely guarded cay and night, the nazis say, and those in charge of the plans have not been permitted leave their offices where they sleep and exercise under the vigilant eye of the gestapo. Some the scientists already have been decorated with the war labor of honor, according to these reports. Dr. Kai Siegbahn, noted Swedish atom scientist, recently con- Â· firmed that German scientists | have been seeking a "uranium ' bomb" of terrific intensity. i He pointed out, however, that the quest was meeting with mendous scientific obstacles and added: "I venture to say that the uranium bomb is still nonexistent except as a research objective. is rather difficult to sny if it is possible at all to construct such a bomb. For the present, it if the essential link is missing for making the uranium bomb reality. i " . . . Perhaps, wo should grateful for this situation. A of matches filled with uranium energy is a big enough quantity (theoretically) to blow a modern battleship one mile up into the air."