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Gene Bane ©Stars and StripesBaumholder, Germany, November, 1955: Two members of the 265th Field Artillery Battalion stand by as a giant M65 "atomic cannon" hurls a 280mm projectile (visible to the left of the smoke) toward its target during the 2nd Armored Division's nontactical firing demonstration. The weapon could fire a shell — conventional or atomic — a distance of 20 miles; several of the cannons were deployed in Europe through the 1950s.

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