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By Jeff M. Shaara

Carrying on with the trilogy that started with A Blaze of Glory, big apple instances bestselling writer Jeff Shaara returns to chronicle one other decisive bankruptcy in America's lengthy and bloody Civil battle. In a sequence of Thunder, the motion shifts to the citadel urban of Vicksburg, Mississippi. There, within the vaunted "Gibraltar of the Confederacy," a siege for the a long time will cement the popularity of 1 Union general--and all yet seal the destiny of the insurgent cause.

In may well 1863, after months of difficult and sour strive against, Union troops below the command of significant basic Ulysses S. provide in the end effectively go the Mississippi River. They strength the remnants of accomplice Lieutenant normal John C. Pemberton's military to retreat to Vicksburg, burning the bridges over the massive Black River in its course. yet after maintaining heavy casualties in failed attacks opposed to the rebels, Union squaddies are wasting self belief and morale is low. provide reluctantly makes a decision to lay...

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58 The B-36 was a gargantuan aircraft; the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the first atomic bomb, could nearly fit beneath one of its wings. Its massive bomb bay had the capacity of three railroad cars. Early models were powered by six turboprop engines; later models added four jet engines for takeoff, climbing to extreme altitudes, and dashing across hostile territory. With “six turning and four burning,” the bomber could top 400 mph. On the other hand, the jet engines added weight and guzzled gas, reducing the bomber’s combat radius to 3,110 miles.

47 The United States tested its first true thermonuclear weapon in October 1952. The weapon—or, more accurately, the device—was a twenty-  the nuclear revolution, 1–10 ton, cryogenically cooled behemoth with a yield of over ten megatons. However, a series of innovations allowed the United States to increase the yield and decrease the size of its weapons. By 1953 the SAC had an emergency capability to deliver the weapons. 48 Changes in the design of the nuclear trigger and the adoption of extremely dense metal alloys permitted designers to fabricate nuclear weapons that used diminishing amounts of radioactive material.

43 To make matters worse, in 1948 SAC had only some fifty crews trained to deliver nuclear weapons. S. armed forces was the great secrecy with which they were treated. Atomic bombs were built and controlled by the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC), a civilian agency. The president was not formally briefed on the size of the nuclear stockpile until the spring of 1947, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not consider any war plan including nuclear weapons until late 1947. S. military to plan for the use of nuclear weapons in time of war.

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