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Launch Pad UK : Britain and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Author: Jim Wilson
Publisher: Havertown : Pen and Sword, 2009.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For most British people the weekend of 27/28 October 1962 could so very easily have been their last weekend on earth, yet astonishingly the fact that Britain's nuclear deterrent forces went to an unprecedented level of readiness was kept secret from the public. Thor nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles stood on a round-the-clock wartime state of alert ready to be fired, these were the 'other' missiles of the Cuban  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Wilson, Jim.
Launch Pad UK : Britain and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Havertown : Pen and Sword, ©2009
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Wilson
ISBN: 9781783374854 1783374853
OCLC Number: 905992962
Description: 1 online resource (226 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; Acknowledgements; Chapter 1: Britain at the Brink; Chapter 2: Detterrent or Danger?; Chapter 3: Days of Tension; Chapter 4: The Missile Era; Chapter 5: Race into Space; Chapter 6: 'Snooping' to Survive; Chapter 7: Project Emily; Chapter 8: The Thor Squadrons; Chapter 9: War-ready, 24/7; Chapter 10: Rural Convoys; Chapter 11: 'Quick Reaction Alert'; Chapter 12: A Heartbeat from Armageddon; Chapter 13: Minutes to Launch; Chapter 14: Political Cover-up?; Chapter 15: Thor Disbanded; Chapter 16: A Story of Firsts. Appendix 1: Thor Technical SpecificationsAppendix 2: The Thor Squadrons; Bibliography; Index.

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For most British people the weekend of 27/28 October 1962 could so very easily have been their last weekend on earth, yet astonishingly the fact that Britain's nuclear deterrent forces went to an unprecedented level of readiness was kept secret from the public. Thor nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles stood on a round-the-clock wartime state of alert ready to be fired, these were the 'other' missiles of the Cuban Missile Crisis, which made Britain, in effect, America's launch pad. During the height of the crisis both RAF Bomber Command and the US Strategic Air Command were poised at the highest.

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