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October 19th 2010

by OC7

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Vasilis Dimitriadis

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October 19th
The First Phase of the Nuclear Arms Race
The Long Way to Armageddon
- technological and military aspect
- dreadnoughts revolutionized military warfare
- Britain and the Imperial Germany competed with each other, who would have more
- revolutionary military technology and diplomacy and international relations was the infamous
machine gun during WWI
- every single state that entered the WWI had one military mind: offensive war
- 1914 and what followed after was a strategic bankruptcy. Not one state could find an antidote
to the machine gun
- the application of new science and new technology
- instead of developing new strategies, but bought in new innovating weapons t airplanes,
tanks and submarines in 1914, 1915 and 1916.
- without a good strategy, they cannot win the war even if they have all these weapons
- it takes years for states to make good use of the weapons strategically
- Blitzkrieg applied the weapons and overcome the difficulties of the machine guns
- Command, communication and control
- Germans did quite well during the initial stages but miscalculated, having taken way too much,
the resistance
- hydrogen atoms were forced by an explosion to fuse into each other and turn into an helium,
more destructive power. Also, more easily produced and delivered
- in either case of atom or hydrogen bomb, revolutionized potential warfare, military
technology, etc.
- none of the high commands had a strategic plan to work them into their existing military
structure and use them in conjunction with conventional forces
- both sides looked for a possibility of combat against each other
- high commands could not grasp what the new weapons meant in terms of military strategy
- neither of them wanted to start a war
- Americans knew Russian were in position to start a war
- even the Soviet Union demobilized
- their attitudes towards the weapon did not seriously reflect the change in military technology
- Nov 1948, a study t calculated the effective of using all 56 atomic bombs against Soviet Union
in a first strike scenario
- the Soviet Union will at least suffer 3 million deaths
- 40% of industry will be destroyed
- the Soviet Union will not be destroyed and still be able to attack
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