Although the term, WMD, has become a part of our daily lexicon, it remains very much an abstraction for most of us. This series of images offers a retrospective look at some of these weapons. Most of my subjects are drawn from the Cold War period during which there was a very real threat to the survival of civilization itself. The last sixty years has seen a frenzied tango between strategy and technology that has left us with the chilling array of doomsday machines seen here. Photographed by Martin Miller.
|“The Gadget” (Trinity Atomic Bomb) 1945|
|“Little Boy” (Hiroshima Atomic Bomb) 1945|
|“Bockscar” (Nagasaki B-29 Bomber) 1945|
|Mk-17 Thermonuclear Bomb 1954|
|B-47 Strategic Bomber 1951|
|Mk-6 Atomic Bomb 1951|
|B-52 Strategic Bomber 1955|
|M65 280mm Atomic Cannon 1951|
|Atlas-D ICBM 1959|
|USS Lewis and Clark Ballistic Missile Submarine 1965|
|Inertial Guidance Module, Peacekeeper (MX) ICBM 1986|
|B-1B Strategic Bomber 1986|
|Midgetman ICBM Hardened Mobile Launcher1988|
|B-2 Strategic Bomber 1989|
|Canadian-Made Sherman M4A1 “Grizzly Bear” Tank 1943|
|German 128mm Flak 40 Zwilling Guns 1942|
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