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By Lee Hattabaugh, May 10, 2011
The Atomic Cannon Marker
Kansas (Geary County), Fort Riley — The Atomic Cannon
Model. M65 280 m.m. Weight. 42,500 lbs. Length. 42 feet (1) One of only (3) three in existence, the other two are located at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and the U.S. Army Ordinance Center in Aberdeen, Maryland. It was placed in service November 17, 1952 . . . — Map (db m60887) HM
Maryland (Harford County), Aberdeen — Aberdeen Proving Ground Four Miles
Military reservation of 55000 acres of land and water. The Ordinance Department, U. S. Army operates here; the Army Proving Ground for Arms, Ammunition and Automotive Equipment; the Ballistic Research Laboratory; the Ordinance School. Established . . . — Map (db m1260) HM
Oklahoma (Comanche County), Fort Sill — 280mm Heavy Motorized Gun M65 (Gun Nr. 21 on Carriage Nr. 3)
(left plaque) At 8:31 a.m. on 25 May 1953 this gun fired the world's first atomic artillery round, at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada. 19 seconds later and 7 miles distant, the shell that could wipe out an enemy division exploded on target with . . . — Map (db m60886) HM
Virginia, Newport News — A Behemoth in the Field
240mm T1 Gun, Watervleit Arsenal, New York, c. 1950, serial number 1. 280mm T72 Gun Carriage, Watertown Arsenal, Massachusetts, c. 1952. WM 87.31.7 a,b The 240mm gun provided a bridge between conventional cannons and atomic cannons. In . . . — Map (db m34004) HM

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