Nuclear Weapons Technology Throwback: Operation Blue Peackock


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Apparently in the 1950s Britain came up with a nuclear mine that could be buried and left behind in the event of a retreat from advancing Soviet troops. The mine would contain a 10 kt warhead that would be detonated under Soviet troops or forward operating bases. Basically a nuclear AA/AD device. One of the arming methods involved using a live chicken inside the mine.

I'll leave the story there. Link to article:

Make sure you watch the 4-minute video which explains the project in more detail than the article does. Then you can comment here and join me in wondering how we ever made it out of the 20th century alive.