Army & Navy - OPERATIONS: Now or Never?

The Navy's Operation Crossroads, in tended to be a test, was turning into a battle instead.

Some civilian scientists were flatly calling the project a put-up job. (Said one: "It's a ridiculous test. The Navy men will prove either that our Navy is safe from attack or that we need a new Navy.") Others asked suspiciously: why was the Navy planning to use the old, outmoded Nagasaki model, instead of an improved bomb now possible?

Before Bomb No. 1 was exploded in New Mexico, scientists spent more than a year designing, building and installing...

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