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Jun 30, 2019


A pictorial history of this powerful piece of artillery, an icon of the Cold War era.
In 1949, the US Army wanted an artillery gun that could fire a nuclear warhead in the event that guided missiles and long-range bombers proved insufficient in delivering atomic weapons. The result was the M65 280mm Atomic Cannon. On May 25, 1953, at 0830 hours, an M65 of A Battery, 867th Field Artillery Battalion, let loose with the only nuclear round the type would ever fire.
Six battalions of the M65 would eventually be deployed, most in Europe with one battalion sent to the Korean Peninsula. Though never used in combat, they served as a significant tactical nuclear deterrent. Through historic photos, this volume traces the development, production and deployment of this iconic piece of military equipment from the drawing boards to the Cold War battlefields of Europe.
Jun 30, 2019

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ANTHONY TUCKER-JONES spent nearly 20 years in the British Intelligence community before establishing himself as a defence writer and military historian. He has written extensively on aspects of WW2 warfare, including Hitler’s Great Panzer Heist and Stalin’s Revenge: Operation Bagration. He has also written Slaughter on the Eastern Front for The History Press (2017).

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