Cover: A Survey of the Weapons and Hazards Which May Face the People of the United States in Wartime

A Survey of the Weapons and Hazards Which May Face the People of the United States in Wartime

Published 1965

by Harold L. Brode

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A discussion of various hazards that might threaten the populace of the United States in wartime. The paper considers such nonnuclear weapons as conventional high explosives, biological, chemical, and radiological weapons, but emphasizes that the logistics of delivery and distribution favor the use of nuclear weapons. Our general knowledge of such factors as blast damage, thermal radiation, ground shock and craters, and precautions to be taken against them are also considered.

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