This is another fine book from the New York based History Publishing Company and their ‘Global Outreach’ initiative.

The Korean War is often called the forgotten war, it was sandwiched between WWII and Vietnam. With Vietnam sucking all of the oxygen out of the room! Until about 10 years ago I was as ignorant as everyone else, the sum total of my knowledge on the subject came from watching the TV program M*A*S*H, which was hardly an educational series!

I met a Korean War fighter pilot who had written a fascinating book on the subject. As a consequence I no longer class myself as a ‘Korean War’ virgin. However, I was not prepared for Arthur Sharp and Atomic Cannons.

Atomic weapons had proved their destructive power during WWII, Hiroshima and Nagasaki proved beyond doubt what the capabilities were.

Arthur Sharp explores a little known aspect of the Korean conflict, the US were actively developing an atomic bomb that could be launched from a cannon on the battlefield. It was affectionately named ‘Atomic Annie’. A nuclear weapon in a shell, what a hideous idea! A tactical weapon that did not destroy a city, but would destroy a village.

To the best I know Atomic Annie was never fired in battle, but apparently it was seriously considered in Korea.

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