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New Left Review I/7, January-February 1961


Raymond Fletcher

Against Which Bomb?

modern weaponry advances faster than any other branch of technology. Already the bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki have joined the pike and the catapult as military museum pieces. But the advance (if one may so describe it) has not been entirely, or even mainly, in the direction of what Congressional Committees call “getting a bigger bang for a buck”. On the contrary, once the 20-megaton H Bomb had been devised, the trend in nuclear weapons technology took the opposite direction. Most tests during the last five years have been of weapons with nuclear warheads of decreasing force. In 1958, for example, the Americans fired an atomic shell with the force of only 6 tons of TNT.

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