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Author Baxter, Colin F., 1942- author.

Title The secret history of RDX : the super-explosive that helped win World War II / Colin F. Baxter
Published Lexington, Kentucky : University Press of Kentucky, [2018]


Description 1 online resource
Contents Lord Beaverbrook, RDX, and the Ministry of Supply -- The vexed question of RDX supply -- Torpex and the air war -- RDX and the Army Ordnance Department -- RDX and the Army air forces -- The battle for RDX production -- Canada and RDX -- The Wexler Bend Pilot Plant -- The great Holston Ordnance Works -- Torpex and the Battle of the Atlantic -- 1945 and the atomic bomb -- The aftermath
Summary During the 1930s, British scientists perfected a sugar-white explosive called RDX. Twice as deadly as TNT, RDX was also ten times more expensive. In 'The Secret History of RDX', historian Colin F. Baxter tells the story of the people who developed, produced, and used RDX in the top-secret, $100 million factory near Kingsport, Tennessee, called the Holston Ordinance Works. Drawing from archival records and numerous interviews with individuals who worked at the 'powder plant' from 1942 to 1945, he explores not only the explosive's military significance but also its impact on the lives of ordinary Americans involved in the war industry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject RDX (Cyclonite)
Explosives, Military -- History -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945 -- Equipment and supplies.
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING -- Chemical & Biochemical.
HISTORY -- Military -- Weapons.
Armed Forces -- Weapons systems
Equipment and supplies
Explosives, Military
RDX (Cyclonite)
SUBJECT United States -- Armed Forces -- Weapons systems -- History -- 20th century
Subject United States
Genre/Form History
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780813175300