April 17, 1945 : Americans seize 1,100 tons of uranium

Introduction

On this day in 1945, U.S. Lieutenant Colonel Boris T. Pash commandeers over half a ton of uranium at Strassfut, Germany, in an effort to prevent the Russians from developing an A-bomb.

Pash was head of the Alsos Group, organized to search for German scientists in the postwar environment in order to prevent the Russians, previously Allies but now a potential threat, from capturing any scientists and putting them to work at their own atomic research plants. Uranium piles were also rich “catches,” as they were necessary to the development of atomic weapons.

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April 17, 1945 : Americans seize 1,100 tons of uranium

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    History.com Staff

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

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    April 17, 1945 : Americans seize 1,100 tons of uranium

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/americans-seize-1100-tons-of-uranium

  • Access Date

    November 19, 2017

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    A+E Networks