Whoa, wait a cotton-picking minute. The Germans invented the prototype of the drone. Gee, they have short memories those Germans.
The V-2 was the first ballistic missile — a weapon against which there is still no adequate defense. Von Braun and his team invented the V-2 for the Nazis and over 3,000 of them were fired at Great Britain during the “baby Blitz” of 1944 and at the Allied port of Antwerp. More than 9,000 Allied civilians and soldiers were killed by V-2 attacks.
When the war ended, the V-6 was on the drawing board, being designed to hit New York City.
There is no question that had Nazi Germany produced an atom bomb, Hitler would have dropped it on London. Germany’s surrender on May 8th 1945 saved Berlin from being the recipient of the first atom bomb.
The Allies did not know how far along German nuclear research was. But we certainly knew they were conducting nuclear research in detail which is one of the reasons the British and Royal Norwegian commandos acting under British command went to such lengths to destroy the heavy water plant in Norway.
Neither the US, nor Great Britain, nor the Russians, have, to my knowledge, ever released the documents about the state of nuclear research in Nazi Germany but you can be sure based on the little that is known of these records, that we were scared out of our socks. This is one of the reasons the bombing of Dresden, or anything else the Allies did in World War Two, has never troubled me. We were entitled to do anything and everything to bring down the Nazi state which was the greatest threat to Western civilization since the Turks were stopped at the gates of Vienna.
[Image courtesy of NASA.]