Nuclear war, request of information, halevi

Charles K. Mackay ckmackay at postoffice.ptd.net
Wed Sep 13 15:36:54 MDT 1995


>Joseph Halevi:
>>Early in December 1993 I read an article in the International Herald
>>Tribune, detailing the use radioactive artillery shells by the
>>Western armies during the 1991 war.
>
>>Does anybody know more about it?
>
>Scott:
>
>If the question is do tactical nuclear artillery shells exist in the arsenal
>of the US Army - then I believe they do. Were they used in Desert Storm -
I
>have no idea but I doubt it. Here's why.
>
>When I worked at Pullman Standard one of my best friends had just been
>discharged from the Army. He had been a master sargent in charge of a
field
>artillery piece that included tactical nuclear shells in its ordinance. He
>was hustled out of the Army with an early retirement, in his opinion,
>because of an incident between his commanding officer and himself
regarding
>the nuclear shells.
>
>One night his CO left a set of officers top secret manuals for the artillery
>piece out in his office, though they were supposed to be under lock & key
at
>all times. My friend saw it as his duty to secure the material. Of course he
>was curious and looked at the manuals as he prepared to lock them up.
Though
>they were very technical, he was quite surprised at some of the charts that
>he was able to read. It was clear to him that the Army routinely lied to the
>gun crews about the shells they might be asked to fire. According to his
>calculations there was no way to fire the shells far enough downrange for
>the gun crew to escape the nuclear fallout. BTW these shells are what they
>call in the business a particularly 'dirty' shell (meaning beaucoup fallout.)
>
>Anyway as a result of just asking his CO a question about the range of the
>nuclear fallout of the shells his whole military career started to go down
>the tubes. He was transfered into an impossible situation and then offered
>early retirement.
>
>But from what I understand about radiation sickness it would be very
>difficult to cover it up on any kind of mass scale if many soldiers had been
>contaminated during Desert Storm.
>
>I would really like to see the article. You didn't save it did you?
>
>
>
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Shells made of *** depleted *** uranium are used for armor-piercing. This is
probably what you're thinking of.

Regards,

Charlie




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