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M65 Atomic Cannon (Paperback)

Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

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By David Doyle
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Series: Images of War
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9781526743602
Published: 25th April 2019

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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.

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 in the early stages of the Cold War.

Thanks to this book I believe that the M65 atomic gun received the attention it deserved.

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Old Barbed Wire Blog

With the M65 Atomic Cannon having limited coverage by the model manufacturers I am really pleased to have a copy of this book from Pen and Sword as part of their ‘Images of War’ book series. The period photographs are a great visual reference on the M65 Atomic Cannon and with the very good captions provided with the photographs increasing their value even further.

This weapon was never used in anger or as far as I am aware anything more than a deterrent to the Eastern BLOC countries and so I found the period pictures a really nice inclusion. It is also for this reason and the fact that it is just such a huge piece of equipment that the in detail section with the walk around and close ups is so valuable. The captions that accompany these images are really helpful as I feel it would prove next to impossible for the average person to know exactly what aspect of the vehicle they are looking at. In finishing this book and for that matter the series, offer fantastic value for money regardless of where your interests lay or the reason you have an interest.

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About David Doyle

An avid military vehicle enthusiast whose collection includes 10 Vietnam-era vehicles, it not surprising that most of his 100+ published books focus on US military vehicles. In June 2015, he was presented the coveted Bart Vanderveen Award by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, given in recognition of "…the individual who has contributed the most to the historic preservation of military vehicles worldwide."

Some of David Doyle's published works are - Panzerkampfwagen IV: The Backbone of Germany’s WWII Tank Forces; U.S. Half-Track Vehicles In Action; M151 Mutt In Action; The Complete DUKW Historical Reference; P-47 Thunderbolt In Action; B-17F Flying Fortress A Visual History of the B-17F Flying Fortress in WWII; USS Iowa (BB-61): The Story of "The Big Stick" from 1940 to the Present.

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