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IRAN and the
U.S. 3rd ARMORED DIVISION
-- A NUCLEAR CONNECTION
An Irony of History
|Top photo below: In 1965 U.S. soldiers
from the 3AD's 3rd Bn, 36th Inf demonstrate to Iranian military
personnel the set-up of the M-29 Davy Crockett launcher, designed
to fire a 51-pound nuclear warhead. (text continued below)
The location was the U.S. Army's Hohenfels Training Area in
what was then southeastern West Germany and within 30 miles of
the border with Czechoslovakia. In the next photo, the Iranians
mingle with 3AD troops after being bused for discussions and
a live-fire demonstration of the launcher. On this occasion two
dummy rounds were fired. In the 3rd photo, a 3AD soldier cleans
the 37mm spotting gun on the launcher. Looming on the right is
a W-54 nuclear warhead dummy (inert training version). The actual
W-54, at 51 pounds, was the smallest and lightest nuclear munition
ever detonated and deployed by the U.S.
Of course, after WWII and up to the Islamic Revolution of
1979, Iran was a close military ally of the U.S. Its leader during
that time was Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, aka the Shah of Iran, and
Iranian military men occasionally visited U.S. military installations
and training areas in Europe for observation and/or training
purposes. It is fair to assume that discussion and demonstration
of U.S. (and 3AD) nuclear weaponry also included nuclear rockets
and artillery, and "backpack" nuclear munitions carried
by small elite teams of U.S. Army combat engineers (including
|By Vic Damon of 3AD.com;
Photos © by David L. Smith,
veteran of 3 Bn, 36th Inf, 3AD