Accession Number : AD0511880

Title :   Handbook on Capabilities of Atomic Weapons

Corporate Author : DEFENSE ATOMIC SUPPORT AGENCY WASHINGTON DC

PDF Url : AD0511880

Report Date : 1945

Pagination or Media Count : 162

Abstract : The purpose of this handbook is to set forth, in a concise and simple manner, criteria for estimating the effects of atomic weapons for use by the Services. It is designed to serve as a handy reference to aid Field Commanders and their staffs in determining the capabilities and effects of atomic weapons in respect to specific targets. The scope of this handbook includes thermal and nuclear radiation and blast effects of atomic weapons on items of military interest such as structures, materiel and personnel. These effects are analyzed with respect to Air, Surface, Underground, and Underwater Bursts. Sufficient information is presented to allow Field Commanders to determine the best type of Weapon and Burst to be employed to obtain maximum desired effects on various types of targets.

Descriptors :   *NUCLEAR WEAPONS, *HANDBOOKS, KILL PROBABILITIES, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS

Subject Categories : Nuclear Warfare
      Nuclear Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE