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GERMANS FAILED

ATOMIC BOMB EFFORT Britain Was Prepared For Attack Rec. 2.30 p.m. LONDON, Aug. 10. It is now revealed that Britain was prepared for the possibility of a German atomic bomb attack last August, says the Daily Telegraph. A secret memorandum was sent to the chiefs of Scotland Yard, provincial chief constables and senior .officials of the defence Services revealing the expected effect of the atomic bomb. The Ministry of Home Security drew up an elaborate scheme for prompt measures to cope with the widespread devastation expected if the Germans had succeeded. Reports received from British Continental agents indicated that German scientists were experimenting with an atomic bomb in Norway. A bomb was reported to have, been launched by catapult explosive with a radius of over two miles. The Government seriously considered the reports in view of their" own progress with the atomic bomb. Thousands of men and women police of the civil defence, were held in readiness for several months until reliable agents from Germany reported'that the test had proved a failure. The plea that the atomic bomb be placed in the same category as poison gas and its further use as a war weapon banned was made in a letter to Mr. Attlee from Dr. A. M. Chirgwin and Dr. Sidney Berry, chairman and secretary respectively of the Congregational Union of England and Wales. The letter said: "The supreme task of statesmanship in the future is obviously to protect humanity from such devastating instruments of destruction. It is our deep conviction that any steps taken in that direction will be gravely embarrassed by the use of such a weapon in the present conflict."

"The invention, of the atomic bomb left the peoples of the world a plain choice between total destruction and .total peace," said Mr. Noel Baker, the new British Minister of State, speaking 'at the Unrra Conference. "The next two generations must give the answer. That is why Britain has so solidly supported Unrra. It was the first living organ and the first executive agency of the United Nations. If Unrra fails, there will be anarchy and bloodshed in liberated countries. "More money is needed before Unrra can achieve its purpose, but the end of Unrra will not mean the end of the United Nations. I .believe the peoples of Europe have had a lesson and now see that they must work together or perish."

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GERMANS FAILED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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GERMANS FAILED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 189, 11 August 1945

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