Were the Germans close to nuclear fission during the war?

The answer appears to be no–not enough U 235 in the materials they were using.

http://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i39/Nuclear-Forensics-Shows-Nazis-Nowhere.html

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One response to “Were the Germans close to nuclear fission during the war?

  1. The Nazis were investigating ‘heavy water’, a source of deuterium, as a step towards production of nuclear fusion. They had not yet realized that the conditions for fusion could only be met with 1940’s technology by using a fission device as an initiator. There were reports that a submarine bearing African uranium had been sunk en route at the close of the war.

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