This month marks 75 years since one of the darkest moments in mankind's history. On 6 August 1945, bells tolled across Hiroshima to mark 75 years since the atomic bomb ripped apart their city and the world changed forever.
Where the uranium came from to make the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the covert operation the US employed to secure it and keep the rare mineral out of Nazi hands was kept secret for decades. In her stunning book Spies in the Congo, Susan Williams reveals the crucial and devastating part the small Shinkolobwe mine in Democratic Republic of Congo played - providing the deadliest metal on earth.
As early as that year, Albert Einstein wrote to President Franklin D. Roosevelt to indirectly advise him to keep the Nazis away from Shinkolowbe and secure the uranium there for the United States. The mission was so secretive that most of the agents involved thought they were preventing diamond smuggling. The few OSS agents who knew it was uranium that the U.S. was after, didn't know what the ore was for, and would only find out much much later.