By Dr Frank Barnaby, Frank Barnaby, Dr Douglas Holdstock, Douglas Holdstock
The 1st British nuclear weapon attempt came about in Australia in October 1952. British nuclear guns were a resource of controversy ever seeing that. during this publication, scientists, medical professionals, researchers and others investigate the army worth, political effect, overall healthiness results and legality of the programme.
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6 The primary deterrent, they argued, must be Russian knowledge that aggression would be met by ‘immediate and crushing atomic retaliation’, foreshadowing the nuclear doctrine that would soon come to the fore in the US under the Eisenhower administration. 7 He claimed that the ‘remorseless march of the science of human destruction’ called for a new approach to world security. Government statements argued that in the event of general war both sides would be certain to use nuclear weapons and that for this reason policy had to be based on the prevention of war breaking out.
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It would give an incomplete account of Britain and nuclear weapons if we did not pay some attention to it. I start with two vignettes that give the views of military men, both American as it happens, on nuclear war as it could have affected them. The first comes from William F. Burns, a retired American gunnery general, who ended up as a United States representative to the Intermediate Nuclear Force negotiations and then head of the US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency— a ‘big gun’ therefore.
The British Nuclear Weapons Programme, 1952-2002 by Dr Frank Barnaby, Frank Barnaby, Dr Douglas Holdstock, Douglas Holdstock