[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"

Peter St. John peter.st.john at gmail.com
Thu Jun 19 10:22:50 PDT 2008

Actually, nuclear weapons have indeed been considered for killing troops on
the battlefield. At one time, the possibility of the Soviet Union invading
western Europe seemed not so remote. Here is a link (wiki) to basically a
bazooka launched fission bomb:
with pictures.
("recoiless gun" means a rocket fired from a tube). The idea would be to for
a relatively small force to cope with a relatively large number of tanks.

On 6/19/08, Kilian CAVALOTTI <kilian at stanford.edu> wrote:
> On Thursday 19 June 2008 06:58:44 am Robert G. Brown wrote:
> > Getting too big
> > or two small an explosion can either kill your own troops or not kill
> > all of the enemy on an actual battlefield.
> To add some more OT stuff to this thread, I don't think a nuclear weapon
> has ever been used (or even considered being used) to kill troops on a
> battlefield. Some cluster bombs (hey, back on topic! :)) are probably
> enough for this purpose.
> IMHO, a nuclear weapon is mainly a dissuasion weapon, ie, one you claim
> you own to make your ennemies think twice before they strike you. Or
> that you use against civilians to make your point louder, and let your
> ennemies understand they'd better surrender.
> That's why I find the association between "nuclear weapon"
> and "battlefield" a bit irrelevant.
> Other than that, pretty interesting stuff. I'm unfortunately supporting
> your conclusions.
> Cheers,
> --
> Kilian
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