|MY high school teachers ran WWII !|
Most were born in the 1870s and 1880s and so got their last science education in the 1890s, from high school teachers who themselves got their last science education at a high school at the end of the Early Victorian era !
So : the Science of the late 1840s used to guide the world of the early 1940s.
The leaders of WWII , Modernists to the core, had a firm faith grounded on a distinct impression that the First Law of Thermodynamics and Lyell's Law of Uniformitarianism was the Alpha and Omega of scientific knowledge ----- for all time.
When your high school science teacher tells you the universe is eternally unchangeable, why bother to drop by to be posted on the latest updates in basic science . There aren't going to be any , there can't be any.
Just take a bit of time to keep up on the latest wonderful new technological offerings.
Now do the horrors of Auschwitz, Hiroshima and Stalingrad seem more understandable ?