In February, the “big Three” [Churchill, UK; Stalin, USSR; & F. Roosevelt, US] meet at Yalta.
The “Cold War” begins.
FDR is elected for a historic 4th term. Harry Truman is a reluctant compromise candidate for vice president. Truman becomes President when FDR dies in office on April 12th.
On April 12th FDR dies in office. VP Harry S. Truman becomes President of the US.
On April 29th, Hitler commits suicide.
In May, Germany Surrenders.
Aleutian Islands. Fourteen men on the USAT Delarof saw a dark spherical object rise out of the water, circle their ship and fly off to the south.
British Prime Minister Winston Churchill [Conservative] loses his position to Clement Atley [Labour] after a landslide victory for the British Labour Party.
July 17 – August 2nd, US President, Truman, British PM, Clement Atley, and USSR Premier, Stalin meet at the Potsdam Conference. While at the Potsdam Conference, US President Truman learns that the A-Bomb will work.
Japan fails to surrender; Truman drops “the Bomb.” Japan surrenders. World War II ends.
Japan and Germany are occupied. Committees are set up to amend Japan’s Constitution of 1886. The allies physically divide Germany into occupied zones.
Britain begins to nationalize its economy and move toward a so-called “welfare state.”
The Allies discovered the Japanese had been been developing a “death ray” utilizing very short radio waves focussed into a high power beam. Tests were done on animals. The Japanese denied ever testing it on humans. (From the Strategic Bombing Survey, Imperial War Museum, London. Cited with photocopies in “Japanese Death Ray“, by Peter Lewis, Resonance#11, pp 5-9)
OSS is abolished – The remaining American information agencies cease covert actions and return to harmless information gathering and analysis.
Project Paperclip is initiated. The U.S. State Department, Army intelligence, and the CIA recruit Nazi scientists and offer them immunity and secret identities in exchange for work on top secret government projects in the United States. In other words, while other American agencies are hunting down Nazi war criminals for arrest, the U.S. intelligence community is smuggling them into America, unpunished, for their use against the Soviets. The most important of these is Reinhard Gehlen, Hitler’s master spy who had built up an intelligence network in the Soviet Union. With full U.S. blessing, he creates the “Gehlen Organization,” a band of refugee Nazi spies who reactivate their networks in Russia. These include SS intelligence officers Alfred Six and Emil Augsburg (who massacred Jews in the Holocaust), Klaus Barbie (the “Butcher of Lyon”), Otto von Bolschwing (the Holocaust mastermind who worked with Eichmann) . The Gehlen Organization supplies the U.S. with its only intelligence on the Soviet Union for the next ten years, serving as a bridge between the abolishment of the OSS and the creation of the CIA. However, much of the “intelligence” the former Nazis provide is bogus.
Eisenhower becomes Army chief of staff.
“Program F” is implemented by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission(AEC). This is the most extensive U.S. study of the health effects of fluoride, which was the key chemical component in atomic bomb production. One of the most toxic chemicals known to man, fluoride, it is found, causes marked adverse effects to the central nervous system but much of the information is squelched in the name of national security because of fear that lawsuits would undermine full-scale production of atomic bombs.
Human plutonium injection experiments. The Manhattan Project was asked to inject a hospital patient at either Rochester or Chicago with 1 to 10 micrograms of plutonium and send the excreta to Los Alamos for analysis. The first human plutonium injection took place on April 10, 1945, without the informed consent of the patient.