Landmines and Unexploded Ordnance: A Resource Book by Rae McGrath

By Rae McGrath

Written by way of a Nobel Peace Prize co-laureate who's one of many major voices within the anti-landmines crusade, this well timed ebook is a entire, functional consultant to landmines and unexploded ordnance.

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One such test conducted on 3 March 1966 at Nellis Air Force Base to test and evaluate the impact pattern of the BLU-26 bomblets dropped from a CBU-24/B ‘Sadeye’ cluster bomb resulted in one alarming and enlightening item of peripheral data. In a controlled situation an F-4c released the bomb in a 45-degree dive at an altitude of 5,500 feet with a 5-second fuse set to function the release of the bomblets at an altitude of 1,908 feet; 663 bomblets were spread over an impact area measuring 900 x 400 feet – 173 of them failed to explode.

He crawled out of the vehicle, dragged himself to it and called the IRC base. His local colleagues helped to prop him up against the vehicle and elevated what remained of his lower limbs, comforting him until he was taken, in a pick-up truck some 20 minutes later, to the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) hospital in Luuq. The doctor at the hospital could do little and determined that Ken must be urgently evacuated to a fully equipped hospital, the nearest being more than 800 kilometres away in Nairobi – a long and difficult drive in the best of circumstances on a very basic road system.

There was no pretence that the widescale use of mines was directed purely at the military opposition – the policy was area-denial and any area which could not be controlled by the Soviets was to be denied to the mujahideen. 13 There were additional factors involved; this was a classic good-versus-bad story for the Western media – invasion by hugely superior (and communist) external force being resisted by brave but poorly armed local fighters with colourful history. The facts were, as ever, somewhat more complex, but why spoil a good story with detail?

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