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Book One World War Three 1946

Book One World War Three 1946
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Weapons Development in WWIII 1946 by RangerElite

11 September 1946


Dugway Proving Ground, Utah
Simulated Battlefield Test of
Multiple Launch Rocket Artillery,
Fuel-Air Explosives and
Explosive Cluster Sub-munitions

As the static rocket launchers were towed into position, the final preparation of the target area was being completed, and the area evacuated. They are going to attempt a Soviet-style area saturation bombardment, launching rockets for a solid two hours, before ending. About a third of the artillery rockets to be tested today will be the cluster sub-munitions type, to be tested against personnel targets and light vehicle targets.

Out of necessity, the cluster bomb warheads could only fitted to the former German 21cm Nebelwerfer 42 rockets and the 28/32cm Nebelwerfer 41 rockets, being used for the test-firing. The 82mm, 10cm and 15cm rockets would have either high-explosive warheads, or a fuel-air explosive, air-burst, warhead. Major John Stansfield knew that the German eggheads, a few hundred miles south of here, in New Mexico, were working on a super-secret project, and everyone was gossiping about it. The scuttlebutt was everything from the mundane: an improved version of the captured V-2 rocket, to the outlandish: super death ray weapon, even more destructive than the A-Bomb! But that's what happens when you combine the word super or top, with the word secret. All sorts of insanity ensues! This test was the Major's time to shine. Accompanying him was Captain Stanislaw Pilsudski, United States Army Chemical Corps. Pilsudski was the son of Polish politician-in-exile, Jan Pilsudski, and nephew of the Marshal of Poland, Jozef Pilsudski. With the Soviets occupying his ancestral home, he had more than enough reason to want see them burn. That is why he was put in charge of the fuel-air explosive warheads.

From the safety of their observation dugout, Stansfield and Pilsudski listened to the countdown, Stansfield was itchy to push the launch button... “3...2...1...LAUNCH!” and he presses the button. Muffled in the confines of the dugout are the loud, howling, shrieks of rockets launching from their tubes or rails. He could see why the Soviets were so devastatingly effective with this weapon: just hearing the shriek of the incoming rockets was enough to make the Krauts piss their pants, and then the area would be saturated in explosions. There wouldn't be enough left of someone to put in a cigarette pack, let alone identify them. As all the batteries launched their rockets, each battery was allowed 10 minutes to cool, before being reloaded, and starting the countdown all over again. This was repeated for the next two hours.

At the end of the test-firing, Major Stansfield and Captain Pilsudski drove out to the target area, both men couldn't help but feel like this must be what the moon looked like: pockmarked and desolate. They surveyed the area thoroughly, with the help of the technicians that arrived with them. By the appearance of the utter devastation they viewed around them, the test was a resounding success. Now, all they had to do was to gather evidence, take the photos and write the report...

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