Magazine article Monthly Review

Fifty Years Ago

Magazine article Monthly Review

Fifty Years Ago

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U.S. News and World Report in its issue of March 18, 1955, published a map of the northern hemisphere, with the Soviet Union at the center. Surrounding this target are various captioned arrows pointing at the USSR: "From Greenland, 3 hrs. 20 mins. to H-Bomb air bases in North Central Russia"; "From Britain, 2 hrs. 40 mins. to obliterate submarine bases at Murmansk"; "From France, 2 hrs. to H-Bomb big iron and steel centers around Leningrad"; "From Tripoli, 2 hrs. 10 mins. to flatten the major oil center near Rumania"; "From Greece, 1 hr. to reach and wreck the Ukraine's iron and steel industry"; "From Turkey, 3 hrs. to blow up the vast steel center around Magnitogorsk"; "From Mediterranean carriers, 1 hr. 20 mins. to blast the huge oil-producing center of Baku"; "From Saudi Arabia, 3 hrs. 20 mins. to strike new industrial areas behind the Urals." There are additional captions and arrows, but these give the flavor of the diagram which is headed: "How Russia is Cornered. …

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