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September 3, 1992 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the summer of 1954 came to an end, an entire Soviet infantry corps was moved with its equipment from Byelorussia to the desolate plains of Kazakhstan. Its mission: engage in combat in conditions duplicating a nuclear war. On Sept. 13, more than 40,000 soldiers were massed in two formations on the sunbaked steppe, and a nuclear bomb exploded between them, 1,150 feet in the air.
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September 3, 1992 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As the summer of 1954 came to an end, an entire Soviet infantry corps was moved with its equipment from Byelorussia to the desolate plains of Kazakhstan. Its mission: engage in combat in conditions duplicating a nuclear war. On Sept. 13, more than 40,000 soldiers were massed in two formations on the sunbaked steppe, and a nuclear bomb exploded between them, 1,150 feet in the air.
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