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Kenneth Hubbard Michael Simmons DROPPING BRITAIN'S FIRST H-BOMB

Kenneth Hubbard Michael Simmons DROPPING BRITAIN'S FIRST H-BOMB

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First edition, first print hardback (in this issue) of DROPPING BRITAIN'S FIRST H-BOMB (The Story of Operation Grapple 1957/58), by Group Captain Kenneth Hubbard & Michael Simmons and published by Pen & Sword Aviation in 2008. First published in 1985 as Operation 'Grapple', by Ian Allan, Ltd.

The book is in fine condition (clean black boards and bright gold lettering on spine) with virtually no wear to the dust jacket, which is not price clipped (£19.99). Internally, the pages are clean and tight and there are no tears and no inscriptions.

On 15 May 1957 Vickers Valiant V-Bomber XD818 under the command of Wing Commander Kenneth Hubbard, OC 49 Squadron RAF, dropped Britain's first live thermonuclear bomb. The success of Operation Grapple broadcast to the world that the UK had the resolve and the capability to protect her own democracy and that of her Commonwealth. It was a major breakthrough that ensured Britain maintained her place in the most senior influential positions of the United nations and other corridors of world power, and in the ensuing years provide Britain's deterrent throughout the decades of the Cold war.

Grapple was a top secret experiment that involved units from all the UK's defence services and a multitude of leading scientists and technicians. It was based on the Christmas and Malden Islands in the Pacific Ocean, and therefore the initial transportation and logistics planning was of priority importance. Every care was taken to protect personnel from the unknown effects of this fearsome new weapon. The theme of this book is to explain how the RAF selected and trained the crews who would be responsible for the precision dropping of the several weapons that would detonate during Grapple. It also provides a complete background to the parts played by all other services during this unique period in British history.

196 pages, including an Index. Illustrated with black & white photographs

ISBN: 184415747 4

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