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Dropping Britain's first H-bomb : story of Operation Grapple 1957/58 / Kenneth Hubbard and Michael Simmons
Bib ID 4536507
Format BookBook
Author
Hubbard, Kenneth
 
Description Barnsley, England : Pen & Sword Aviation, 2008 
xi, 196 p. : ill., plans ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 9781844157471
1844157474
Summary

"On 15 May 1957 Vickers Valiant V-Bomber XD818 under the command of Wg Cdr Kenneth Hubbard, OC 49 Squadron RAF, dropped Britain's first live thermonuclear bomb. The success of Operation Grapple broadcast to the world that the UK had the resolve and the capability to protect her own democracy and that of her Commonwealth. It was a major breakthrough that ensured Britain maintained her place in the most senior influential positions of the United Nations and other corridors of world power, and in the ensuing years provide Britain's deterrent throughout the decades of the Cold War."--BOOK JACKET.

Full contents
  • Ch. 1. Appointed Command
  • Ch. 2. Refresher Course
  • Ch. 3. Introduction to the Valiant
  • Ch. 4. Arrival at Wittering
  • Ch. 5. Squadron Preparation
  • Ch. 6. Christmas Island
  • Ch. 7. 'Grapple'
  • Ch. 8. Return to Wittering
  • Ch. 9. 'Grapple X'
  • Ch. 10. 'Grapple Y'
 
Notes

"First published in 1985 as Operation 'grapple' by Ian Allan Ltd, London"--T.p. verso.

Includes index.

Subjects Operation Grapple, Kiribati, 1956-1958.  |  Nuclear weapons -- Great Britain -- Testing.
Other authors/contributors Simmons, Michael, 1947-

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