By John Clearwater
"We are hence not just the 1st nation on this planet with the aptitude to provide nuclear guns that selected to not achieve this, we're additionally the 1st nuclear armed state to have selected to divest itself of nuclear weapons."
Pierre Trudeau United international locations, 26 may possibly 1978
From 1963 to 1984, US nuclear warheads armed Canadian guns structures in either Canada and West Germany. it truly is most probably that in the early a part of this era, the Canadian army was once placing extra attempt, funds, and manpower into the nuclear dedication than the other unmarried task. this crucial e-book is an operational-technical historical past and exposÈ of this period.
Its goal is to assemble until-recently mystery information regarding the character of the nuclear arsenal in Canada, and mix it with identified information regarding the structures within the US nuclear arsenal. The paintings starts off with an account of the efforts of the Pearson govt to signal the contract with the USA essential to convey nuclear guns to Canada. next chapters offer a close dialogue of the 4 nuclear guns structures deployed via Canada: the BOMARC surface-to-air guided interceptor missile; the sincere John brief diversity battlefield rocket; the Starfighter tactical thermonuclear bomber; the VooDoo-Genie air defence method. each one bankruptcy additionally encompasses a part at the injuries and incidents which happened whereas the guns have been at Canadian websites. the ultimate bankruptcy covers the finally futile efforts of the Maritime Air Command and the Royal Canadian military to procure nuclear guns. An appendix contains the textual content of the until-now mystery agreements Canada signed with the united states for the supply of nuclear weapons.
Illustrated all through with pictures and diagrams, and supported through large transcriptions of unique files, Canadian Nuclear Weapons might be of significant price either to students and laypersons in its presentation of what has been a deeply hidden mystery of Canadian political and armed forces history.
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7 Paul Martin, the new Secretary of State for External Affairs, then waded into the debate. His primary concern was Canada-US relations, which had been badly damaged by the Conservative government of John Diefenbaker. 8 This referred to the summit at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts in May 1963. 34 • CANADIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS Pearson was already trying to escape from the nuclear grip of the military, and asked whether the BOMARC and CF-104 commitments were likely to be modified in the foreseeable future.
DIRECTOR OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS With the signatures on the service-to-service technical agreements, the military moved to ensure the smooth running of their nuclear operations. This task fell to the newly created Director of Nuclear Weapons (DNW). Formed under the Chief of Aeronautical Engineering sub-division within the RCAF at National Defence Headquarters, the Director of Nuclear Weapons staff was created on 18 November 1963. This was barely a month before the first warheads would arrive for the BOMARCs at North Bay.
To agree if possible upon a common course of action to be followed by both Governments; c. In any case to coordinate the action to be taken 52 • CANADIAN NUCLEAR WEAPONS by the two Governments in such a way as to minimize the risk of general war and to facilitate as much as possible the achievement of agreed political objectives; and d. To ensure as far as possible that, before either Government shall resort to the use of nuclear weapons, there shall be agreement between them upon the necessity for this action.
Canadian Nuclear Weapons: The Untold Story of Canada's Cold War Arsenal by John Clearwater