[Beowulf] Re: "hobbyists"

Mike Davis jmdavis1 at vcu.edu
Thu Jun 19 14:25:05 EDT 2008


According to one weapons designer the only safe way to use it was to 
fire from a hilltop into a valley from a jeep and then drive like hell 
into the next valley.


If you are within 150m you will receive an instantly lethal dose. Within 
400m you will receive up to 600 rem with is lethal. Even at to 1000m you 
would likely get enough radiation to  interfere with your warfighting 
capacity.


Peter St. John wrote:
> War is hell, but I wouldn't call it a "suicide device". The range of 
> the rocket is on the order of 1000 meters, and the effective radius at 
> the target is on the order of 100 m. You wouldn't want to shoot 
> yourself in the foot with one of these, you'd take out your own 
> batallion, but you are aiming at a valley or a hillside, not an 
> oncoming tank.
> Peter
>
> On 6/19/08, *Mike Davis* <jmdavis1 at vcu.edu <mailto:jmdavis1 at vcu.edu>> 
> wrote:
>
>     To continue to be OT. Look up the Davey Crockett.
>
>
>     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_(nuclear_device)
>     <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Davy_Crockett_%28nuclear_device%29>
>
>
>
>     It is a weapon meant exclusively for battlefield use. It is also
>     almost a suicide weapon.
>
>
>
>
>
>     Kilian CAVALOTTI wrote:
>
>         On Thursday 19 June 2008 06:58:44 am Robert G. Brown wrote:
>          
>
>             Getting too big
>             or two small an explosion can either kill your own troops
>             or not kill
>             all of the enemy on an actual battlefield.
>                
>
>
>         To add some more OT stuff to this thread, I don't think a
>         nuclear weapon has ever been used (or even considered being
>         used) to kill troops on a battlefield. Some cluster bombs
>         (hey, back on topic! :)) are probably enough for this purpose.
>
>         IMHO, a nuclear weapon is mainly a dissuasion weapon, ie, one
>         you claim you own to make your ennemies think twice before
>         they strike you. Or that you use against civilians to make
>         your point louder, and let your ennemies understand they'd
>         better surrender.
>
>         That's why I find the association between "nuclear weapon" and
>         "battlefield" a bit irrelevant.
>
>         Other than that, pretty interesting stuff. I'm unfortunately
>         supporting your conclusions.
>
>         Cheers,
>          
>
>
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