Espelkamp… Nazi Germany’s secret Atomic Bomb factory
On 4th April 1944 the British 6th Parachute Regiment accompanied by the 11th Royal Tank Regiment equipped with Comet Tanks skirted Osnabrück. All around them most German forces were simply surrendering and marching westwards into captivity, but ahead they came aginst fierce resistance at the little town of Espelkamp from an SS Regiment of 2,000 troops. These troops were part of a specialist rocket batery for the launching of V-2 rockets.
Their V-2 rockets were not just any ordinary rockets, but were specially adapted to deliver Atomic warheads and Tabun nerve gas in a last ditch defensive action for the Nazi regime. Allied intelligence was tipped off by the capture of an SS Grenadier named Plumeyer.
Under US interrogation Plumeyer told a fantastic story about a camoflaged underground factory for Atomic bombs and filling V-2 rockets with nerve gas. The complex stretching from Leese through Espelkamp was linked by 50 kilometres of subterranean tunnels with Minden. It was this complex that the SS were desperate to defend to the death and also the reason for the British assault on the town.
Embedded with the 11th Royal Tank Regiment was Royal Marine 30AU Commando and a special unit of T-force which included a specialist ordnance detachment, No.1 Mobile Unit RAOC. Together they formed what was known as a T-force detachment.
The task of T-force was to gather hi-tech Nazi weaponry, but the highest priority of all was to snatch Nazi nuclear secrets. The star of the show was 30 AU Commando made famous after the war by connection with its commander Ian Flemming the author of James Bond. The unit sent to capture Espelkamp was officially known as Naval Detachment 1749 and known in the field by the code name Royal Abert.
A special field HQ was set up for this T-force detachment at Osnabrück the day after Espelkamp fell known as HMS Odyssey. Ostensibly it’s cover was as an administration and accounting unit, but from 1st April 1945 when it recieved orders at Princess Gardens, London to immediately relocate to the front line everything about its deployment was rushed and nonsensical. Its real purpose was administrative support for the discreet recording and dismantling of a Nazi Atomic bomb factory.
For once the miraculous underground nuclear factory awaiting Flemming was not a figment of his fevered imagination and perhaps it provided the real life inspirationfor some of his later novels?
During March 1945 the British crossed the Rhine. Officially the mission for 6 Parachute Regiment was to liberate Minden 20 kilometres further inland towards Hanover and link up there with the US 5th Armoured Divison, but Espelkamp with its huge ammunition dump was the real objective.
Corporal Sanders volunteered to join No.1 Mobile Unit ROAC. It was a chance for excitement and his knowledge of German munitions made him a vital technician to T-force. For his conduct he was awarded the DSO, a medal only normally awarded to officers.
What we know about Espelkamp today derrives mainly from what Corporal Sanders shared shortly before his death with his son Keith in the summer of 1952 and this article is offeresd as a tribute in his honour.
After fighting at Espelkamp subsided entry was gained to the bunker and inside the young British NCO found 40 Uranium centrifuges, a functional working nuclear reactor and a large 3.8 tonne Atomic Bomb inscribed “To be fired only by order of the Fuhrer.” It was called 76-Zentner.
This discovery still remains classified to this day and concealed by the British Government. Historians still falsely maintain the Nazis never succeeded in developing a working nuclear reactor, yet according to Keith Sander’s father there it was at Espelkamp.
Today Keith Sanders and his friend, a German co-researcher named Dirk Finkemeier struggle with subtle censorship in British and American media to share information about this secret Nazi Atomic Bomb factory.
Here is what Keith Sanders wrote to me about Espelkamp:
“My father was in the battle group which fought their way in through 2,000 SS defenders and captured the factory at 3.10 pm on Wednesday 4th April 1945. He was the source of the alarm, which led to “Operation Teardrop” by the USN 15/16 April sinking U-1235 and U-880, they missed U-857…. I have an IWM photo of him driving his little unit of RAOC ammunition technicians off a class40 raft on 24th March 1945. His boss Major Roy Tucker (standing rear on raft with greatcoat) was still alive (84) in 1998 for my father’s efforts he was awarded a DSO! Only awarded to officers, as lesser ranks are considered too stupid to ever merit such an accolade.”
Dirk Finkemeier also wrote to me:
“His father discovered in April 1945 the German Atomic Bomb Factory, called MUNA Luebbecke in Espelkamp. On the 4.th. April 1945 the British found 40 centrifuges and an underground reactor…Around that wood called Lange Horst, south of Espelkamp was also buried an atomic bomb, called 76- Zentner Bomb (the IG Farben Bomb). It weighed 3,8 tonnes the same like “Little Boy.” In 2011 Prof.Dario Biocca from Peruggia University published an article about MUNA Espelkamp in La Republica.”
The nuclear reactor was buried beneath the North end of Lange Horst wood an area which is now enroached by public housing development. On January 3rd, 1945 the British brought Prof Werner Heisenberg to the site to interrogate him about the Nazi project. Nowhere in our history books or his autobiography did Heisenberg ever mention this.
Dirk Finkemeier has other evidence which seems to link 76-Zentner with a hybrid nuclear weapon developed by the SS from Dr Mario Zippermayr’s “Liquid Air Bomb.” A British Intelligence Objectives Sub-committee (BIOS) report during WW2 noted that an aerial test of Zippermayr’s bomb when dropped over a forrest above Starnberger See SW of Munich, caused a blast radius of 4.5 kilometres and damage out to 12.5km