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A weapon too far: the British radiological warfare experience, 1940-1955

King, Will (2022) A weapon too far: the British radiological warfare experience, 1940-1955. War in History, 29 (1). 205 - 227. ISSN 0968-3445

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Between 1940 and 1955, Britain explored controversial radiological weapons. Keen to discover further military uses for atomic energy, defence officials and scientists initially approached the field with much hope and optimism. However, technical difficulties, economic costs, public and political aversion, competition from other controversial weapons, and even the resistance of scientists themselves, soon came to dominate the direction of policy. This article explores the unique British experience with radiological weapons, determines how far Britain ventured down this questionable path, and accounts for why, after over a decade of research, they were judged a step too far.

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Divisions: International History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Jul 2020 16:33
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 06:27

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