A Toe in the Nuclear Pond

ISBN: 978-1-926813-33-2
Pages: 158
Binding: Softcover
Publisher: Keshet Productions, 2015
Price: $25.00 CAD
A Toe in the Nuclear Pond

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synopsis

The 1st Surface-to-Surface Honest John Missile Battery [1SSM] was a unique military Unit of the mid to late 1960s.

It was stationed in Northwest Germany; an area under the military jurisdictions of Northern Army Group [NORTHAG] and Allied Forces Central Europe [AFCENT].

Although a part of Canada’s contribution facing the potential Soviet threat, it was never a part of the Canadian Brigade Group. It lived in limbo — never accepted as part of any known military grouping! A first, I am sure, in Canadian military history!

1SSM was one of the finest military Units in the Canadian Army — and by foreign assessment, the acknowledged best in the World! Yet, it was a bastard child belonging to no one and loved by remarkably few.

This story is mine, and my recollections.

excerpt

The maintenance of the warheads was the responsibility of the American Det – the security of the warheads’ site was ours!

That job tended to fill our time between Field Exercises!

[…] We maintained a very rigid discipline at the Site — after all, it was a real job with real potential dangers. Everything else in the Brigade and its daily life — including the operation of 1SSM — was “pretend” — guarding the nukes was not!

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