On the M28 ‘”Davy Crockett” Tactical Nuclear Recoilless

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On July 16th, 1945. the first atomic bomb is
detonated in the vast Alamogordo desert in New Mexico. When government officials
saw the unmatched potential destruction they now had at their disposal two
questions came into existence, when and where? While the U.S. was deciding on
how to use their newly found power, soviet spies had gathered enough
information to make a bomb of their own. The cold war had begun, and with it, the
gun had sounded for  the start of the
atomic arms race between the U.S. and the Soviet Union. The initial thought was
to make bigger bombs for a bigger impact on the opposing side, but soon the
U.S. came to the realization that one bomb cost around two billion dollars to
make. To make a bigger impact on the Soviets  the U.S. needed a small powerhouse, that
utilized all of what they had learned about this power.  Insert the M28 ‘”Davy Crockett”
Tactical Nuclear Recoilless Gun.             <5  This new small bomb only costed 7 million dollars to make and was the size of a backpack. At 31 inches long, 11 inches in diameter, the Davy Crockett looked like a large tear shaped melon with four fins protruding from the smaller end.  The first atomic bomb ever developed had a power equivalent to 15,000 tons of TNT and had lethal blast , fire, and radiation from 2.5 miles from away the initial drop site. from 2.5 miles from away from the initial drop site. The Davy Crockett relied not on its feeble 20 tons worth of TNT equivalent power, but it relied on the radiation left behind from the blast. The Davy Crockett could be launched up to 2.5 miles using the tripod rifle that was standard with the bomb. The radiation was instantly lethal within 500 feet from the blast, and people who were within a quarter mile of the blast would have radiation poisoning (potentially fatal). The lethal radiation lingered for up to a week, if many bombs were fired together onto enemy territory it would create a radioactive barrier, or wall, between the two waring sides. The U.S. troops could make a wall behind the Soviets to trap them, or launch the bomb on enemy lines allowing the U.S. troops to cover up to 2 miles in territory. Setting the Davy Crockett up for launch was no easy feat, a team of seven or more trained soldiers had to load the heavy, multi piece gun in a jeep, or sometimes haul the gun.in its individual pieces away to battle. The gun then had to set up, the three tripod legs were set in place and the gun was placed on the legs. The bomb (when needed for use in battle) was given a time to explode  trained soldier turned a small timer (to that similar of an egg timer) this told the bomb exactly when to explode if the timer was set too late the bomb would hit the ground and break.    2,100 total Davy Crocketts were made, manufacturing beginning in 1956, and ending 1967.The Davy Crockett was utilized in such a way that it set itself vastly apart from all other atomic bombs manufactured, in that it was not used just to annihilate everything in its path. But  was also used to strategically push, and ensnare the U.S. enemy.

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