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Background & PODs

Flag of the German Reich (1935–1945)

The flag of the Third Reich

World War II was one of the most important, influential, and destructive conflicts in human history. The scale of the conflict was so grand and horrendous that some of the smaller events of the war go unnoticed, such as the Norwegian heavy water sabotage, which occurred in 1943 at the Vermork hydroelectric plant in Norway and ruined the Third Reich's chances at the creation of a nuclear weapon to help them win the war, making it one of the most courageous and important events in the entire war. However, what if this had not happened and the Nazis were able to create atomic bombs around the same time as the Americans and drastically change the course of the war? What would be the consequences of one of the most destructive regimes in history gaining access to he most destructive weapons in history? Would the Allies have been able to stop them? Or would they have emerged victorious? This TL explores all of the possibilities surrounding this change in the course of World War II.

Point of Divergence

Vermork Hydroelectric Plant 1935

The Vermork hydroelectric plant

At 2:07 AM on February 28, 1943, Nazi guards notice explosive charges in the hydroelectric plant at Vermork (strangely, while the overseer of the site was searching for his glasses throughout the facility), and then all but one of the Norwegian commandos responsible for the stealth mission are promptly found and executed. The one who escaped heads to Sweden and is given asylum, leading to German questions of Swedish neutrality. Security at the facility is stepped up significantly and, despite desperate allied air raids in which multiple German ships were sunk, much of the heavy water is transferred out of Norway and into the heart of the Reich, inaccessible to the Allied powers.

Immediate Implications

Nazis in Paris

Adolf Hitler touring occupied Paris in late 1940 after the Fall of France

Following the transportation of the heavy water from Norway to Germany, greatly increasing German capacity for the creation of superweapons. Adolf Hitler orders Directive 49, which heightens funding for the nuclear bomb and other advanced weapons projects, stating that the target year for obtaining the nukes is July 1944, a goal which is very realistic with such a large amount of materials to work with. Adolf Hitler's maniacal dreams could very well be realized with nuclear capabilities. Unimaginable horrors and millions of lives were at stake at the height of the German regime, which showed no signs of slowing down. The allies, realizing the time crunch they are faced with, are forced to increase their own nuclear programs and fight even more feverishly to topple the Nazi empire. However, the allies were able to begin closing in on the German heartland after the Normandy invasion by the Allies, causing a massive escalation in the fighting, and with the newly created superweapons of the Wehrmacht, the it would take an extraordinary feat for them to truly bring down the evil German Reich.

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