Lloyd-George was also praised for nike air jordan taking the issue more seriously than his predecessor, whose apparent glibness the year before still rankled with some.90 Overall, however, Parliamentary interest was focussed on the actual weapon, rather than the measures for mitigating its effects. The Strath Report ‘Mr Strath’s Group’, as it was called within Whitehall, officially began work on 1 January and reported on 8 March 1955. nike air jordan The strategic basis of the group’s work was provided by a Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) report on ‘The “H”-Bomb Threat to the UK in the Event of a General War’.nike air jordan The intelligence message was mixed: although the JIC’s analysis largely discounted the threat of a global war until at least 1960, it added what Peter Hennessy has called ‘a bone-chilling adden- dum’ on Britain’s fate should war occur.92 Firstly, it believed ‘that the Russians will regard the UK as such a threat that they will aim to render it unusable for a long period, and will not hesitate to destroy great parts nike air jordan of the UK to achieve this aim’.air jordan 3 retro In wartime, the ‘simplest and most effective form of attack’ to knock Britain out of any war would be to detonate hydrogen bombs at ground level ‘in suitable meteorological conditions’, thus maximising the effects of fallout. The paper went on: We are advised that something like ten ‘H’ bombs, each of a yield of about 10 megatons, delivered on cheap air jordan shoes the western half of the UK or in the waters close off the western seaboard, with the normal prevail- ing winds, would effectively disrupt the life of the country air jordan logo and make normal activity completely impossible.94 This knowledge underpinned Strath’s work, as did a belief that the public needed to ‘have a clear and complete understanding of the problem before the outbreak of war’ and to have ‘taken all precautionary measures that are possible’, in order to aid recovery.95 Success would depend ‘on the confidence which the Government has engendered due to the measures it has carried out’.96 The final report began by outlining the power of one ten megaton hydrogen bomb.97 An air-burst device (maximum immediate devasta- tion), would destroy everything within a two or three mile radius, ordi- nary brick houses would be jordans sneakers destroyed or be irreparable up to six miles away, and the same house uninhabitable 16 miles away. In average meteorological conditions fires would occur in houses up to 15 miles away. If ground-burst (for maximum fallout), the figures for destroyed and uninhabitable houses were reduced to five and 12 miles respectively. Overall, ‘though the zone of major damage by blast and heat air jordan 9 would not extend more than some 12–16 miles from the point of burst, widespread minor damage would be done to roofs, kids jordans windows and light structures at much greater distances’.98 With fallout, air jordan 10 ‘there would be fatal con- sequences and considerable sickness over an area of some 400 square miles even if people remained in their houses and this might extend to some 50 miles downwind’. Those outside this zone would be in grave danger in the open up to 140 miles downwind. In short, ‘hydrogen bomb war would be total war in a sense not hitherto conceived. The entire nation would be in the front line’.99 If Britain were attacked with ten of these weapons ‘life and property would be obliterated by blast and fire on a vast scale’.100 It would repre- sent an explosive force ‘forty-five times as great as the total tonnage of bombs delivered by all the allies over Germany, air jordan xiItaly and occupied France throughout the whole of the last war’. It would leave No part air jordan 11 retro of the country… free from the risk of radio-active air jordan 8 contamina- tion. A single attack with ten 10-megaton bombs could deny us the use for varying periods of thousands of square miles of our agricultural land and the standing crops from a much greater area. Open water supplies for sections of the population would become undrinkable for weeks. The risk of starvation in the period immediately after the attack would be high Each bomb would create a zone of contamination covering some thou- sand square miles in which ‘local inhabitants would at best be able to lock themselves in their houses and in the inner part of this region [200 square miles] jordan retros some would not be able even to do this’. It would leave survivors ‘isolated not merely from the less contaminated areas outside but from one another. The household would become the unit of survival. Individuals would have to subsist on such stocks of food and water as they had got ready in advance in their individual places of shelter’.nike air jordan 1 For each survivor, ‘life in retro jordans for sale the contaminated areas would demand a high degree of self-discipline… in the observance of elemen- tary precautions to reduce the risks from exposure to radiation until it had subsided to an acceptable level. 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