Leslie Groves
Leslie Groves
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1896
Date of Death: 1970
Cause of Death: Heart attack
Religion: Protestantism
Occupation: Engineer, General
Military Branch: United States Army
Turtledove Appearances:
The Hot War
POD: November, 1950
Appearance(s): Bombs Away
Type of Appearance: Contemporary(?) reference
The Man With the Iron Heart
POD: May 29, 1942;
Relevant POD: May, 1945
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
POD: May 30, 1942
Appearance(s): In the Balance
Striking the Balance
Type of Appearance: Direct POV
Leslie Richard Groves (August 17, 1896 - July 13, 1970) was the United States Army general who oversaw the construction of the Pentagon and the primary military leader in charge of the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb during World War II.

Leslie Groves in The Hot WarEdit

General Leslie Groves, while ramrodding the Manhattan Project in the early 1940s, believed that the Russians would be unable to make their own atom bombs before the late 1960s. This prediction proved unrealistically optimistic with the outbreak of atomic war in 1951. President Harry Truman reflected that Groves had been much better at engineering than at prophecy.[1]

Leslie Groves in The Man With the Iron HeartEdit

General Leslie Groves's opinion that the German Freedom Front did not have the resources to build an atom bomb, despite having Germany's top physicists in their possession, carried a substantial amount of weight, helping to diffuse Republican critics of the Truman Administration.

Leslie Groves in WorldwarEdit

With the arrival of the Race's Conquest Fleet in 1942, the completion of an American atomic bomb became that much more important. Thus, the pressure was on for Leslie Groves to see the project to completion. He accepted a sample of plutonium from a British submarine in Boston Harbor. He carried the plutonium to Denver, where he turned it over to the US physicists working on an atomic bomb. Groves remained in Denver as commander of the Manhattan Project until that project's completion. He designed the defenses of Denver when the Race advanced on that city in 1944. Those defenses were implemented by Omar Bradley. Groves oversaw the Battle of Denver alongside Bradley.


  1. Bombs Away, p. 198.

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