The Nuclear Weapon Archive: A Guide to Nuclear Weapons

The Nuclear Weapon Archive

A Guide to Nuclear Weapons

If we fight a war and win it with H-bombs, what history will remember is not
the ideals we were fighting for but the methods we used to accomplish them.
These methods will be compared to the warfare of Genghis Khan who ruthlessly
killed every last inhabitant of Persia.

Hans A. Bethe
...And these atomic bombs which science burst upon the world that night were strange even to the men who used them.

H. G. Wells, The World Set Free, 1914

About This Site

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A "sister site" relationship has been established with Gregory Walker's Trinity Site. Greg and I are actively collaborating to provide the broadest variety of nuclear weapon information, in the most convenient form that we can. The two sites each have a different focus. The Nuclear Weapon Archive provides current information, technical data, and informative write-ups. The Trinity Site focuses on historical information, especially reproductions of public domain documents.

Latest Site Updates

3 September 2007
  • Updated the Tsar Bomba page (the world's largest nuclear bomb).
31 August 2007
23 August 2007
3 July 2007
  • Updated the Section 8 of the Nuclear Weapons Frequently Asked Questions, "The First Nuclear Weapons", now with diagrams.
13 January 2007
9 January 2007
14 December 2006
25 October 2006
14 October 2006
17 May 2006
17 August 2003
  • Site is retitled The Nuclear Weapon Archive with its own domain.

The Past is Prologue

History - World War II (and Before)

Dawn of the Atomic Age Invention and Discovery: Atomic Bombs and Fission The Manhattan Project
Trinity Little Boy and Fat Man The Enola Gay
Hiroshima and Nagasaki

History - Postwar Weapons Development

The links below take you to pages describing the nuclear weapons tests series conducted since World War II. The ever popular nuclear test images are accessed through these links.
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The Present

Arsenals of the Declared Nuclear States

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Nuclear States in the Shadows

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Archive Departments

Announcements and Reviews

Last changed 15 August 1999
Reviews of products and publications of special interest

Nuclear Wallpaper Image Collection

Last changed 30 March 2001
LARGE high quality images

Reference Library


Nuclear Weapons Frequently Asked Questions (NWFAQ) by Carey Sublette

Last modified: 3 July 2007Inactive links are for section that have not been completed or released
Download the whole thing in a zip file

Major Reference Articles and Links

Other Archive Materials

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Rummage Through Past Archives
The 1997 Archives
Check here for 1997 stuff no longer on the list above.
The 1996 Archives
The 1994-1995 Archives

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