During the final days of World War II, Operation Harborage, lead by John Landsdale (head of the intelligence division of the Manhattan Project), was part of the overall Allied operation to capture German atomic weapons scientists, material and facilities.
Harborage teams were directed toward the cities of Hechingen, Bisingen and Haigerloch. These centers of the German nuclear effort were all scheduled to be occupied by the French. Shortly after the liberation of Paris it was decided to bomb the German facilities, unless American troops could get there first.
By ensuring American technical intelligence units swept the area, the French were locked out of the lively post-war trade in nuclear scientists.
- Die Bombe, a documentary by Klaus H. Hein (c)NDR/arte 1996 (accessed 2014-10-24)
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