Contact Mark

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  1. Hello,
    I am a retired physician in Bend, Oregon, USA.
    My grandmother in Klamath Falls, Oregon had a brother Floyd who I never met. My cousin Rich Nolen has recently recounted a story I never heard before. He said that Floyd Gentry (b1904 d 1945) and his family (wife Lydia and dau Shawn and son Vernon)were living on the Oregon coast during WWII.
    Rich recalls a story that they hid a Japanese soldier up in their attic for some time. I have not heard of similar occurrences. One wonders if the soldier was brought by submarine and sent in to be a spy.
    Have you heard of anything like this?
    Thanks,
    Stuart Garett, MD

    1. Hi Stuart,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Intriguing story, though I fear probably just that, a story. Japanese submarines were certainly active along the US and Canadian West Coasts, including shelling shore structures, but so far no evidence has ever surfaced of Japanese troops landing. Naturally, spies were active in the prewar period, hiding among the large Asian-American community. The only known landings of Japanese troops took place in Australia, and only very briefly. There is always the outside possibility that the US Government covered up a landing in the US for reasons of morale, and perhaps the files remain confidential today, but I’ve never heard of anything like this at all. Best wishes, Mark

  2. Hi! I left some commentary about the MacArthur book I am looking forward to reading, and have The Real Tenko and Children of the Camps. I have some historical questions I want to ask about how long captives were kept — were there any “hidden” undiscovered, obscure camps which continued far into the autumn of 1945 and into 1946? I ask this because Japanese soldiers were found on Pacific islands well into the 1970’s, so could some of the camp guards in remote jungles of Indonesia etc. have been either unaware the war had ended or refused to capitulate to it? Also, I have read in civilian accounts that there were Swedish and Swiss women kept in the camps as prisoners despite their countries being neutral, was this so?

    1. Many thanks for your interesting questions. As far as I know from the war crimes records, no camps remained undiscovered following the Japanese surrender. In a few places, the Japanese guards murdered prisoners AFTER the surrender, but in the main the camps had been located by SOE and OSS and special teams parachuted in to take control before our main forces arrived and began the evacuation of the prisoners. As to ‘Japanese Holdouts’, quite a few regular fighting Japanese troops took to the hills and refused to surrender, but they were generally either ordered to do so to provide a stay behind resistance network (2nd Lieutenant Hire Onoda and his men are a good example), or were stragglers from units already destroyed in battle (plenty of examples from Guam, Philippines and New Guinea). Finally, neutrals from various nations, including Nazi Germany, were imprisoned by the Japanese, who were paranoid about any ‘whites’ loose in their territories. Some neutrals had aided the Allied war effort and the Japanese were conscious of the Red Cross and other organisations reporting on war crimes, and severely limited the IRC and other organisations from visiting camps. I hope that this helps? Best wishes, Mark

      1. Hi Mark, thank you so much for this fascinating information! You do great research. It happens my late father-in-law Eddie Demilio was a young navy man (very young indeed; he was barely eighteen) stationed in Guam just as the Pacific War ended, and into 1946, and would tell us stories about the Japanese “hiding in the hills” and coming down to steal food at night. The American military guys rounded up and caught a few, I guess to be repatriated as the war was over and certainly Ed didn’t remember any harm coming to the holdouts. I can remember as a little girl reading in National Geographic and also seeing on the TV news report (this was 1972) stories about those last Japanese soldiers on Pacific islands surrendering — the last one was 1974? Hence, my interest in finding out if some “diehards” were hanging on to their power over helpless prisoners in remote jungle camps. How horrifying that they were killing prisoners after the war ended and they knew it. I’m awaiting from Amazon delivery of your book on MacArthur and the terrible delay he caused, due to that ego of his, for the POW’s/civilian internees to be released. It’s sure to be an eye-opener–as the years go on people are realizing that guy was no hero. I look forward to getting more of your books, which are certainly top-notch reading for a seasoned history buff like me — my husband and I share a huge book collection but my latent interest in the Pacific War has really crowded the shelves. This is a great website! Best regards from Laura

        1. Many thanks for all of your kind comments and for sharing your memories with me. I’m glad that my work and research interests you and you are delving deeper into this very dark history. Regards, Mark

          1. The Last Betrayal arrived and I stayed up late to finish it; just couldn’t put it down. Spot-on documented research. What brutal egos of the military leaders to get in the way of rescuing all those suffering prisoners. That Australian officer who neglected his own countrymen’s fate was shocking to read about, and MacArthur’s stunts exceeded my grimmest expectations of his colossal vanity. I don’t know how so many of those survivors managed to get on with their lives afterward, especially when American command so cruelly put itself first at the expense of their own fighting men and the Allies. Believe me, they kept all that out of our school history textbooks when I was a kid, and probably still do, to U.S. shame! Another fine book, Mark.

          2. Many thanks for your kind comments about the book. I felt it was something that needed to be told. Best wishes, Mark

  3. Hi Mark

    I’m Beadon Dening’s grandson and you reference him in the Sea Devils. Great book, just need to update the photo caption please as he’s the third from the left not the first on the left in the Scotland picture.

    Thanks
    Ollie

    1. Hi Ollie,

      Thanks for contacting me. I’ll try and get that corrected if there are further editions of the book. Best wishes, Mark

  4. Hi Mark,

    I find your writing very interesting. I would like to ask your opinion if Hirō Onoda was he the last Japanese soldier fighting ww2 in the Philippines? I’m in the Philippines and will visit Lubang island to hike the same jungle he did. I have read of two more possible similar situations: the Mindoro Captain Fumio Nakaharu they found his hut but never found him. Also, two more that joined up with Rebels in Mindano.

    I can not find any supporting information or how they were resolved. Do you have any additional information or what’s you opinion?

    Regards
    Oliver Guse

    Sorry emailing from a cell phone and the auto text is terrible

    1. Hi Oliver. Interesting question. My personal opinion is that there were many other Japanese holdouts, probably hundreds, all over Asia and the Pacific who were never found and died in the jungle someplace. Captain Fumio Nakahira reported found in 1980 seemes to have been a fabrication. The last authenticated holdout found was Private Teruo Nakamura on Morotai, 18 December 1974. In 1989 locals reported one or two Japanese soldiers on Vella Lavella, Solomons. In 1992 accounts of elderly stragglers reported by locals on Kolombangara, Solomons – reported to be raiding vegetable patches and stealing clothes. Finally, in 2001, reports emerged of stragglers on Guadalcanal, but details sketchy. Best wishes, Mark

  5. Dear Mark,

    I have just watched a fascinating documentary on Netflix entitled ‘Hitlers Steel Beast’ featuring some commentary from you. I love your enthusiasm and knowledge on the subject. In fact, I really do want to buy some of your books now as well.

    I have an idea of a book that you could potentially do as well. There are some books about he subject, but what I can see, there really is not a specific subject about it, but it is covered in books as a side note. I am not a historian, so I was thinking of seeing your take on this. Is it possible to share the idea with you?

    1. Many thanks for your kind comments. If you want to share your idea with me, I’d be happy to take a look. All the best, Mark

  6. Hi Mark,

    Well on the documentary I had mentioned before, they briefly mentioned Hitlers doctor – Theodor Gilbert Morell. I thought it was fascinating the way the doctor would always have to try Hitlers food in case of the risk of poisoning. I just find it interesting the way someone would be willing to risk their life for someone like Hitler. Why did the doctor do this? What was his motivation to sacrifice his life on such a personal level.

    Its hard to explain in writing to be honest with you, but I hope you get the general gist in what I am trying to say.

    Thanks again Mark and keep up the good work 🙂

    1. Hi. Interesting about Morell. Hitler also apparently had a team of 15 female food tasters at the Wolf’s Lair, according to recent news reports. Thanks for watching.

  7. Hello, I’ve been watching your videos on Youtube lately with great fun, and I’ve also started to look for your books.
    How sad as I just found on this site that you aren’t teaching anymore in Shanghai ( at least that’s what it seems to be ), as I’m entering Fudan this year as a freshman, the great expectation collapsed ( of sort ) when I saw that youre currently residing in Norwich. Even though I’m not of a history major, It would’ve been great to pay you a visit as I highly admire your work. Many thanks on your great work, and have a good day sir !

    1. Many thanks for contacting me and for supporting my channel! I left China in 2014 after almost 10 amazing years and now reside in Norwich. Have a great time at Fudan – I have very fond memories of the place. All the best, Mark

  8. Hello Mark
    Here is a connection with the past….my father Major Robert {Bob} Peaty was in Unit 731 as the senior British Officer. My mother told me not to ask Bob what he did during the war when he came home so I never did. It’s only now that I’m learning about those war years from his capture at the fall of Singapore to the end of the war. I have just ordered The Devils Doctors.
    Penny Andrews {nee Peaty}

    1. Dear Penny,

      Fantastic to hear from you. Major Peaty was a stand up hero in my opinion, considering what he and his men were put through by the Japanese. I hope that my book helps to fill in some of the horrors he and others went through. All the best, Mark

  9. Greetings, Dr. Felton.

    I enjoy immensely the works of great history authors and you are absolutely among the very best.

    Do you have available a chronological list of your published books? I want to read them in the order you published them.

    I have located 20 of your books available on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk, but, if you have your own virtual storefront I would prefer to purchase your books from it instead.

    Thank you very much.

  10. Hi Mark,

    I recently came across your YouTube channel, and I’ve since watched most of your videos. They’re really great and well made! Thanks for all the entertainment.

    Anyway, I read an interesting article in a magazine about WW2 a while back, and I thought it would be right up your alley. It was about a secret project by the British called “Canal defence light”. You might have heard of it already, but I thought it would make an interesting subject for a video.

    Kind regards

    1. Many thanks for your very kind comments about my channel. I haven’t heard of the canal defence light – can you tell me more? Best wishes, Mark

  11. Well I don’t know too much about it myself, but you can read more about it on the wikipedia page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canal_Defence_Light

    Basically, it was a secret British project during WWII to mount extremely bright arc lamps on top of tanks, in order to blind and disorient the enemy during night time attacks. I don’t think they were ever used in combat, but it’s an interesting story nonetheless. There is also a surviving example at the Tank Museum in Dorset.

  12. me too! I also enjoyed the new Japanese Tiger tank video clips
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4AAik7LXwhM

    I interpreted missing some historical pictures
    http://att.bbs.duowan.com/forum/201403/24/184745rr28dhr425h9kqdr.jpg
    source article & Japanese manga also cover this topic
    http://bbs.duowan.com/thread-38053744-1-1.html

    btw, I wonder any chance to cover Ko-Hi including armor version ?

    http://afv2012.blogspot.com/2012/08/1144-ija-maultier-type-98-ko-hi-98-ko.html

  13. I have a question, would you know anything about a bunker found in Berlin , near Potsdam in the early 2000s . I understand it was Gorbells bunker under the Propoganda building. And if so what happened to it? Thanks.

  14. Hello sir you mentioned the M46 Patton in one of your videos, right? Can you make a video about it, and also do comparisons to the M26 Pershing tank. Other than that God bless and more power to your future projects sir Mark 🙂 😀 ….

  15. Mr. Felton,

    I watch your youtube channel with great interest and have a request. I was wondering if you would be willing to do a episode on the 16th(reflagged the 54th) Engineers and the spanning of the Sava River in the winter of 1995-96, I was a part of this task which almost did not happen and was the only way into Bosnia. It was a very miserable task for us Engineers and we lost a ton of equipment and we were not treated very well for the longest floating bridge ever constructed by any military unit. It would mean a lot too me. I understand you have many other projects and tasks at hand. I would be happy if you at least considered it.

  16. Hi Mark, just wanted to let you know that I’ve recently discovered your channel on YouTube and I love your videos! You are exploring subjects that aren’t discussed that much.

    I hope to see more of your videos in the future, thank you for your contribution to history!

  17. Hello Mark,
    Your documentary about Al Pollock’s Tower Bridge flight in 1968 popped on my YouTube feed today. I enjoyed watching it very much. It’s a great story. I was lucky enough to meet Al Pollock when I made a radio programme for the BBC World Service history programme ‘Witness’ in 2010. He is a real character and I spent a very interesting afternoon with him at Tower Bridge recording material for the programme. We adjourned to a nearby hotel for tea and cakes and several hours of aeroplane talk. He also bombed the Torrey Canyon when it ran aground off Cornwall. I am looking forward to watching some of your other films on YouTube. Here’s a link to the radio programme I made. I thought you might find it interesting. I hope you enjoy it.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p006xbvc

    Best Wishes,
    Richard Howells,
    BBC World Service News Bulletins,
    New Broadcasting House,
    London. W1A 1AA

    1. Dear Richard,

      Many thanks for contacting me and sharing the link. Fascinating story! So pleased you are enjoying my content.

      Best wishes, Mark

  18. Mr.Felton
    Can I interest you in making a documentry with actual unknown footage about the Battle for Woensdrecht and the advance to Willemstad?
    It was part of the Battle for the Scheldt and opening up the Port of Antwerp.
    And 2 Canadian Inf. Div. , 4 Canadian Arm. Div. German 346 Inf. Div. and Kampfgruppe Chill ( Fs.Rgt.6 von der Heydte and K.G.Dryer ) were involved.

    Kind regards Richard Binkhuysen

  19. Hello. Thoroughly enjoy your channel.

    I think the Pacific adventures of HMS Victorious in 1942-43 might provide some interesting basis for future “productions”.

    Some background here: http://www.armouredcarriers.com/uss-robin-hms-victorious. I am sure you must have more resources available.

    I was on vacation in Hawaii a few years ago and curious about some Commonwealth war graves i visited!!!!

    Keep up the good work.

  20. greetings from Canada
    dear Mr Felton,
    I am trying to reach you via my emails, but I am receiving a non-receipt reply from gmail. I am hoping that this message would reach you. I will write both my email addresses. I wanted to ask about the British plane that was found in the western desert of Egypt a few years ago.
    Thanks for your time.
    Fr Jerome

  21. Hello Mark. The Bridge Busters just arrived in the mail. I can’t wait to dive into it. Thanks for all the hard work

  22. {edit}

    Love your channel Mark.
    Just watch your video “Battle for the Reichstag 1945”. The Soviet Red banner was tide to the Statue of Germania riding a horse. Its not on top of the Reichstag today…..

    What happend to it after the war?
    Where is it now?
    Where are the other Statues of figures riding horses?
    Thank you Robert

  23. I just watched your episode on the missing pistols of Hitler. There is a museum in Gettysburg Pennsylvania USA. That has on display a Walther ppk with golden inlay with hitlers name. Also displayed is various items of Hitler’s and Eva Braun’s including her night dress.

  24. Hey Mark,

    I recently found your channel and was impressed with the level of detail and style of storytelling.

    I wanted to share with you a verified story that is a common bar tale in U.S. Marines. Maybe you can make it into a video one day.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/foxtrotalpha.jalopnik.com/the-tale-of-when-a-marine-mechanic-stole-an-a-4-skyhawk-1745015819/amp

    Keep up the great work.

    PS Do you have any resources for video storytelling you’d recommend ?

  25. Dear Dr. Felton

    RE: German ‘Giant’ Over London. The Zeppelin-Staaken R.Vi 1917-1918
    Zeppelin Attack – The Battle to Destroy L33

    I am the Research Co-ordinator of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome (a Registered Charity) near Maldon in Essex. We are the sole remaining original and operational WW1 Aerodrome in Europe. The whole site is Grade ll* listed and has over 20 original buildings some of which are used as museums. Stow Maries and its Flight Station at Goldhanger housed 37 Sqdn including pilot Dennis mentioned in your film on the Staaken bombers. Zeppelin L33 in your other film crashed only a few miles from Goldhanger.
    I have just watched both videos and am extremely impressed.
    Is there any way you could give us permission to use your films at our site for non commercial purposes? They would be used to educate our visitors and especially school parties and to illustrate some of the talks we give at special events etc.
    They would NOT be used for resale.
    Further information on Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome can be found at http://www.stowmaries.org.uk
    I look forward to a (hopefully) positive reply.
    Please keep up the good work on revealing our history.

    Trevor
    SMGWA Research Co-ordinator

    1. Dear Trevor,

      Please do use them. I only ask that you highlight my YouTube Channel beside the films, perhaps a small sign or information marker directing people to the channel – Mark Felton Productions. Hope to visit next time I’m in the area! Mark

  26. Hi Dr. Felton!

    I greatly enjoy your channel. You have very interesting videos, that are well researched, produced, and presented. And I especially appreciate how rapidly new videos are released, it’s always a delight to see a new one of yours. I have an idea for a future video that I think will be well received: I recently read about the only time a Cessna landed on a US Navy aircraft carrier. The story was almost too incredible, tense, and dramatic to believe, but the actual aircraft and the story is now preserved at the National Naval Aviation museum in Pensacola, Florida, USA. Here is the link and details https://www.navalaviationmuseum.org/aircraft/o-1-bird-dog/

    To summarize: At the close of the Vietnam conflict, as the communist North was coming to take final control of the South, it was widely reported that the North had prepared “death lists” against many in the south. Particularly, anyone who had cooperated with the Americans were marked for death. This of course included any South Vietnamese military personnel. Stories of killings were already circulating. Even those who tried to hide or help those on the lists would themselves be targeted. A South Vietnamese Air Force major realized that time for him and his family was running out. He improvised a plan out of desperation: pack his wife and 5 young children into his Cessna O-1 Bird Dog two seat observation plane, take off, and with limited fuel, search for and hopefully find the American fleet lying somewhere offshore, and then ditch the plane near one of the ships and hope to be rescued. It was to be a one way mission, there would be no turning back. It was the proverbial “do, or… die”. Either successfully find the fleet, or die in the attempt. Well, he did manage to find the fleet (or “a” fleet, there may have been several groups or task forces off the coast), and he got a big bonus, he found a US Navy aircraft carrier (the USS Midway). But unable to communicate due to incorrect radio frequencies, he could only fly circles around the carrier. After some time, he was observed dropping paper notes out his window, but the wind kept blowing them over the side of the ship before anyone could reach them. But during these low passes observers on deck could see in addition to the pilot, a woman and at least 4 small children in the small aircraft. Finally, by weighting one of the notes with his service holster, a message was successfully recovered. What it said shocked the captain. The pilot’s scrawled note said he had 5 children and his wife aboard, had only one more hour of fuel, and that he wanted to land the Bird Dog on the carrier! He requested that if they could move the helicopters on deck he would then have room to land. The Captain conferred with his staff, and they quickly decided that ditching, which was in line with Navy regulations in such circumstances (I believe, which may have been the point that could have led to the potential trouble below), while possible if it was just the pilot himself, would be fatal for so many. The Captain contacted his superior, but time was running out, and he may not have had authorization to do what came next. He decided that the only chance for this gutsy pilot and family would be to allow a carrier landing. The carrier had been idling along at the time, and the boilers were at a low power setting. In order for this plan to work the ship needed to head into the wind at good speed. The boilers would have to be brought up to speed, but it would take time to get to full power, which they were running out of. In the meantime, all available hands, even off duty crew, were asked to help clear the deck. The Captain figured that the quickest way to do this would be to push the helicopters over the side, and so, and reportedly without hesitation, gave the order to scuttle $10 million dollars worth of helicopters. As much preparation that could be done was finally completed, and it was time now for the pilot of the Bird Dog to attempt the landing. What came next, the Captain of the USS Midway would later say, was a perfect touchdown in the vicinity of number 3 arresting wire (the actual cable of course had been removed). The crew broke out in spontaneous applause and cheers. Some were reportedly in tears, happy at what they had just witnessed and worked for. The crew later “adopted” this young family and helped them resettle in the USA. It was said the Captain could have been courtmartialed for his actions that day, but it is not clear to me why. Had he defied his Admiral’s orders, or violated some general orders or operating procedures? Perhaps he had hazarded his crew in the unorthodox disposal of the helicopters, or who knew for sure if this really was a South Vietnamese Air Force officer and his family, and not a North Vietnamese trick. Fortunately, it worked out well for everyone involved. No court-martial, the Captain was recently honored a few years ago, the pilot is still alive and his family is doing well, the USS Midway survives to this day as a museum ship in San Diego, and the Cessna that made history is residing in the aforementioned museum in Pensacola. There are many parts of this story (some of which I haven’t even mentioned, like the pilot evading enemy fire leaving his base, etc.) that are so amazing, I wonder if they are really true, or if they are embellishments that have been added over the years. I’m hoping you find the story interesting enough to research and make into a video one day. There must be some official Navy files on the subject, and I believe many principal witnesses are still alive.

  27. It would be most interesting to see a video on your YouTube channel about the capture of Alfred Rosenberg. Much like the excellent video “Hunting Ribbentrop” about the final days and capture of the nazi foreign minister.

  28. Dear Mark,

    Your book “China Station” was an interesting read, although perhaps a bit rushed, but I appreciate how broad the subject area is that you have to cover within a short book!

    In particular, with regards to covert operations, you omitted the British Army Aid Group (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Army_Aid_Group), an often forgotten unit, who were actually rather successful (both militarily and humanitarian aid), the same cannot be said of the SOE in the Chinese Theater of ops in contrast, and did much to restore British prestige after the Fall of Hong Kong. Its CO, Lt. Colonel Sir Lindsay Ride was quite the character: I would highly recommend his biography and unnit history (entitled British Army Aid Group) written by his son, Edwin Ride, based on his late father’s notes and interviews of others . In fact, a certain Lt Osler Thomas (mentioned in passing in your book on P.135, went onto be a founding member and MO within BAAG; note that he was Lt and not Capt at the time and was not shot and left for dead but had covered himself with the bodies of his comrades, if I recall correctly). Maybe worth making a video on your channel, since the BAAG were one of the first units to re-enter HK after the Japanese surrender and enabled the colonial authorities to exert control once again (which has had significant ramifications on HK, up to and including current tensions post handover). This episode also highlighted tensions with the Americans, with regards to conflicting views on the new world order, post war.

    As you can probably tell, I am fascinated by WWII and post war SE Asia history, especially since I am a product of colonialism. In particular, as a HK Chinese, the BAAG served as one of my inspirations for my career thus far, both civilian and military, which somewhat mirrors that of Lt. Col. Ride.

  29. Mr Felton,

    Having watched your YouTube video on Nazi’s in space, you commented that the V2 programme had been compared to the Manhattan project a waste of 2 billion.

    Among the many documents floating around the internet, is the “Zinsser Affadavit” ;

    His affidavit is contained in a military intelligence report of August 19, 1945, roll number A1007, filmed in 1973 at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

    Zinsser’s statement is found on the last page of the report:

    1. A man named ZINSSER, a Flak rocket expert, mentioned what he noticed one day: In the beginning of Oct, 1944 I flew from Ludwigslust (south of Lubeck), *(to) about 12 to 15 km from an atomic bomb test station, when I noticed a strong, bright illumination of the whole atmosphere, lasting about 2 seconds.

    2. The clearly visible pressure wave escaped the approaching and following cloud formed by the explosion. This wave had a diameter of about 1 km when it became visible and the color of the cloud changed frequently. It became dotted after a short period of darkness with all sorts of light spots, which were, in contrast to normal explosions, of a pale blue color.

    3. After about 10 seconds the sharp outlines of the explosion cloud disappeared, then the cloud began to take on a lighter color against the sky covered with a gray overcast. The diameter of the still visible pressure wave was at least 9000 meters while remaining visible for at least 15 seconds.

    4. Personal observations of the colors of the explosion cloud found an almost blue-violet shade. During this manifestation reddish-colored rims were to be seen, changing to a dirty-like shade in very rapid succession.

    5. The combustion was lightly felt from my observation plane in the form of pulling and pushing.

    6. About one hour later I started with an He 111 from the A/D24 at Ludwigslust and flew in an easterly direction.
    24 “A/D” probably “aerodrome”.

    Shortly after the start I passed through the almost complete overcast (between 3000 and 4000 meter altitude). A cloud shaped like a mushroom with turbulent, billowing sections (at about 7000 meter altitude) stood, without any seeming connections, over the spot where the explosion took place. Strong electrical disturbances and the impossibility to continue radio communication as by lightning, turned up.

    7. Because of the P-38s operating in the area Wittenberg-Mersburg I had to turn to the north but observed a better visibility at the bottom of the cloud where the explosion occurred. Note: It does not seem very clear to me why these experiments took place in such crowded areas.

    25 The entire documentation of this report is as follows:
    “Investigations, Research, Developments and Practical Use of the German Atomic Bomb,”

    A.P.I.U. (Ninth Air Force) 96/1945 APO 696, U S Army, 19 August 1945.” The report is classified secret.

    Note that the report begins in no uncertain terms: “the following information was obtained from four German scientists: a chemist, two physical chemists, and a rocket specialist. All four men contributed a short story as to what they knew of the atomic bomb development.”

    Note also the suggestive title of the report.

    In other words, a German pilot had observed the test of a weapon, having all the signatures of a nuclear bomb: electromagnetic pulse and resulting malfunction of his radio, mushroom cloud, continuing fire and combustion of nuclear material in the cloud and so on.

    And all this on territory clearly under German control, in October of 1944, fully eight months before the first American A-bomb test in New Mexico!

    Note the curious fact that Zinsser maintains that the test took place in a populated area.

    A few of points to note;

    Firstly Zinsser could not have seen colour film of the American bombs, so how does he know what a nuclear explosion looked like?

    Secondly it can’t have been a large conventional explosions on two grounds. Firstly alleged test he witnessed took place on the eve of the Ardennes offensive, and ammunition rationing was in force in order to build up stocks of shells.

    Secondly he describes electrical disturbances, a signature of a nuclear test.

    As a Luftwaffe Flak Rocket Scientist, perhaps a member of the team developing the Wasserfall SAM, he would therefore be a trained scientific observer.

    So what did he see?

    I look forward to your thoughts

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