uriaheep, the germans HAD the first operative jet squads in combat, not only rocket-propelled ones like the Me-163 (which was a very short-range airbase defender), but mainly the Me-262 with two Junkers Jumo jet engines. The Allied Forces however (knowing they would be outrun by those jets) did the only reasonable thing: They followed them and shot them down during the landing phase.
There is a quote of the famous pilot-legend Chuck Yeager: "When i saw my first jet i shot it down"
And yes, the jet engine was a british development.
I don't believe that germany was as advanced with the A-bomb as some say, simply because Hitler used EVERYTHING he had: he had jets and used them, he had V-2 rockets and used them, he had concentration camps and used them, why would he NOT use the A-bomb ?
He didn't use chemical and biological weapons because he feared the retaliation of the allied nations. But he would have never hesitated to drop an A-Bomb the very second he had it (ok plus the time it takes to fly to London), simply because he would have had the upper hand.
For everyone trying to understand why Hitler acted the way he did: Read Nietzsche. Hitler interpreted that words in a very direct way (without actually thinking about them) and totally misunderstood Nietzsche's thoughts. I think Nietzsche would have been ashamed to see his ideas misused in such a way.
Yanlin, of course it is hard that 6 million people died terribly but that doesn't automatically make the sufferings of others less hard. Take the recent yugoslavian civil wars: the torturing, killing and raping of prisoners and civilians were surely not different from what the Jews suffered in WWII. Or look at Chechenya, where both sides behave like some barbaric warlords.
Ok everybody: I think my OT has been derailed far enough (i'm not without guilt here, too): Please consider this thread to be closed and try to not post here anymore, m-kay? Thanks guys (and gals)