ARMED FORCES: The Atomic Pinpoint

In Exercise Long Horn, the vast Army-Air Force mock war in Texas, the green-clad Aggressor forces had just seized a position deep behind the defenders' lines and were massing for a new attack. Suddenly a blank mortar shell exploded over the invaders' heads with a roar and a burst of smoke. The umpires stunned the Aggressors with a terse ruling: 1,600 of their men had just been put out of action; the exploding shell symbolized a devastating hit by a revolutionary new weapon, atomic artillery.

This week the U.S. Army and the Atomic...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!