ARMED FORCES: The Little Big Ones

The H-bomb explosions in mid-Pacific last year were awesome proof of how big the atom can blow. The 14 test shots at Yucca Flat, Nev., programmed between Feb. 1 and this week, are equally sensational proof of how small the weapon can get—small enough to fit the conventional artillery pieces, bomb racks, torpedo tubes and antiaircraft rifles of the U.S. armed forces and provide them with a jump in firepower as revolutionary as the introduction of gunpowder.

Armed with a baby atomic bomb, the pilot whose fighter bomber used to pack a 1,000-lb....

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