The Tactical Use of Atomic Weapons; Unclassified Military Effects, Department of the Army Pamphlet 39-1

Washington DC: United States, Department of the Army, Headquarters, 1955. Presumed First Edition, First printing. Wraps. i, [1], 59, [3] pages. Figures (including fold-out). Sketch map. Index chart to damage estimation charts and nomographs. Cover has some wear, and soiling/staining. Marked For Official Use Only, but this limitation is understood to no longer apply. This pamphlet provides an unclassified basis for the utilization of atomic weapons in courses at the various schools and in training. The effects data herein are based primarily on the unclassified data contained in The Effects of Atomic Weapons and in Radiological Defense, Volume II, but also on other unclassified sources. The methods of casualty and damage estimation herein have been so designed as to provide an understanding of the role of target analysis in the tactical use of atomic weapons without at the same time burdening nonspecialized students with the details of a comprehensive target analysis. It is intended that this text be utilized for classroom purposes. The text has been reviewed by Headquarters, Armed Forces Special Weapons Project. The damage estimation system it contains is based on certain material produced by the SANDIA CORPORATION. While the atomic bomb is admittedly a weapon of great power, it is not to be regarded as an absolute weapon-that is to say, it is not a weapon against which there is no defense. Throughout history, the introduction of every new weapon has been followed by the development of defensive measures which hare lessened its effectiveness. However, the tactical utilization of atomic weapons requires an understanding of the characteristics and effects of these weapons under various circumstances. In the event of a future war, a commander must consider the enemy's use of atomic weapons in his own strategic plans or tactical decisions. He must know what precautionary measures will minimize the hazard to his own forces when taking advantage of the situation created by an atomic attack on the enemy. Further, in an emergency, each member of the Armed Services may have to act, possibly without warning, for his own protection. The explosion of an atomic bomb resembles that of an ordinary high explosive (HE) bomb in the respect that the explosion is due to the rapid release of a large amount of energy in a small space. Condition: Good.

Keywords: Military Manual, Army Pamphlet 39-1, Atomic Bomb, Military Effects, Weapon Effects, Damage Estimation, Air Burst, Thermal Radiation, Fission Product, CEP, Gamma Radiation, Cratering, Ground Shocks, Acute Radiation

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