The Effect of One Hydrogen Bomb and other CND Ephemera
Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
Manchester Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament. c.1958.
A folding map 40 by 47cm. The map illustrates the impact of a 10 Megaton hydrogen bomb exploded on the Free Trade Hall, Manchester. The recto describes the damage in four zones and there is an additional map detailing the damage to the centre of the city. Other pieces include a photocopied 'Draft Notes for Speakers'. "The Soviet believe that sooner or later they can dominate the world, not because they have planned its military conquest, but because they believe that what they call "Capitalist-Imperialism" must collapse. They are ready to use force but it will be used to impose an idea on people where the idea has already been partly successful. Russia will take advantage of discontent anywhere, from nationalism, colonialism, racial troubles, to plunge the West into difficulties. So far this policy has been very successful, and nuclear weapons are no answer. You cannot fight political warfare with nuclear weapons." Other documents include off prints from The New Scientist by Kathleen Lonsdale and from the New Statesman by J.B. Priestley and a 15 page pamphlet 'Stop the H-Bomb Race' by Franl Allaun MP. A fascinating collection reflecting an important and still relevant time in British history.