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Thread: The Die is Cast: The Soviet Union & The Cold War

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Gonzo View Post
    On 27th January 1948, a week before voting began in Greece, the Politburo and high-ranking members of the Soviet military gathered 150km west of the Kazakh town of Semipalatinsk to witness a momentous event. Before them were dozens of buildings, bridges and even an underground metro station. Tanks, trucks, aeroplanes and over 1500 animals of various species were also gathered around a 60 metre high tower. At exactly 09.00, RDS-1, codenamed ‘First Lightning’, a 22 kiloton atomic bomb, detonated, sending a mushroom cloud a kilometre into the air.
    But, those poor animals!
    Last edited by Black Watch; 27-07-2012 at 16:21. Reason: added bold text
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