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Charlie Battery At The NATO Demonstration

Munich Germany - 1960



- Click Here For Larger Image -NATO Demonstration Overview

It looks like this NATO Demonstration, held in Munich in 1960, was held on part of an airport. If you look in the far background it looks like thare are aircraft hangers, and there are some helicoptors there as well.

The usual thumbnail and popup images are included on this page, however, because the demonstration was so spread out on a large area, that I thought a larger image would help illustrate it's size, also making it easier to find the various weapons displays. So please “Click Here” to view that image. Please note that this image opens in a new window and has to be closed manually.

The Nike Display is in the center top of the image, behind the row of flags.

Notice particularly, to the left and on the same line as the Nike Display, the viewing stand facing the Redstone Missile. The Redstone Missile and it's viewing stand will come into play a few images down from this one.

Image by Jerry Haslett -Washington - 1960

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Nike Missile Display Overview

Study this image and you will see how this display made its presentation. In the foreground left, you will see two stands, and between them is someone at a podium giving the presentation. The two GI's at the two stands are there to flip the pages of information as the presentation is given.

Behind the podium are GI's in front of each Nike Missile, and they are there to point to the area of the missile being discussed at the time.

Both launchers were actually wired for power and could have been elevated, but it was not done.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Nike Ajax Display

I don't know anything about the next two images, and couldn't find any information about them.

If anyone knows anything about them please let me know.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Nike Hercules Display


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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Nike Ajax/Hercules Display Team

Starting with the back row, left to right, they are: PFC Herbie Phipps, PFC Ron Smith, Pvt. Sontag, PFC Knutson, and PFC Jerry Haslett.

And the front row, left to right, are: PVT Murray, Sgt. Berringer, Spec 4 Moore, PFC Williams, and Sgt. Hart

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Infamous Atomic Cannon - AKA - “Atomic Annie”

“The M65 Atomic Cannon, often called Atomic Annie, was a towed artillery piece built by the United States and capable of firing a nuclear device. It was developed in the early 1950s and fielded by 1953 in Europe and Korea”.

The above information was obtained from Wikipedia. For further expansion of this information please “Click Here” to visit the Atomic Cannon web page.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Corporal Missile Display

“The MGM-5 Corporal missile was the first guided weapon authorized by the United States to carry a nuclear warhead. A surface-to-surface guided missile, the Corporal could deliver either a nuclear fission or high-explosive warhead up to a range of 75 nautical miles (139 km)”.

The above information was obtained from Wikipedia. For further expansion of this information please “Click Here” to visit the Corporal web page.


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- Click Here For Larger Image -The Redstone Missile Display

“The PGM-11 Redstone was the first large American ballistic missile. A short-range surface-to-surface rocket, it was in active service with the U.S. Army in West Germany from June 1958 to June 1964 as part of NATO's Cold War defense of Western Europe. It was also the first missile to launch a live nuclear bomb, detonated in a 1958 Pacific Ocean weapons test.

A direct descendant of the German V-2 rocket, the missile was the foundation for the Redstone rocket family, It was developed by team of predominantly German rocket engineers relocated to the United States after World War II as part of Operation Paperclip. Redstone's prime contractor was the Chrysler Corporation.

For its role as a field artillery theater ballistic missile, Redstone earned the moniker “the Army's Workhorse”. It was retired by the U.S. in 1964, though in 1967 a surplus Redstone helped launch Australia's first satellite”.

The above information was obtained from Wikipedia. For further expansion of this information please “Click Here” to visit the Restone web page.


Jerry Haslett tells a Redstone anecdote that is quite really amusing.

The viewing stand at the Redstone Missile display was occupied with many foreign dignitaries, of which many were not fluent in the English language.

At the conclusion of the Redstone demonstration a smoke grenade was set off below the base of the Redstone making it looked like it starting to launch. (shown in the picture)

So at the sight of the smoke, with them not knowing it was part of the show and thinking they were in danger, they totally panicked pouring out of the viewing stand and running for cover.

When Jerry told me that story I cracked up with laughter. The sight of all those people running for cover must have been really funny.

You have to admit the smoke does look fairly ominous, but it is a great story.

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- Click Here For Larger Image -Officer Staff In Charge Of The Demonstration

They are standing in front of Redstone Missile, but we have no idea who they are.

The above imformation was NOT obtained from Wikipedia.


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