Disarmament: A Basic Guide

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International peace and security - and therefore disarmament - stand at the core of the UN mandate. This publication is designed to inform, educate and generate public understanding of the importance of multilateral action, and to rally support for it, in the field of arms limitation and disarmament. Intended primarily for the general reader, this basic guide may also be useful for the disarmament educator or trainer. It is published by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in collaboration with the NGO (non-governmental organizations) Committee on Disarmament, Peace and Security pursuant to the purposes of the United Nations Disarmament Information Programme.




Rockets long predated artillery in war. They were used in medieval China against Mongol armies, in 18th century India against the British, and by the latter in Europe and the Americas in the 19th century. But the difficulty of precise targeting kept rockets from being a major factor in military operations till the Second World War, when the German V- 2, the first truly long range missile, came to be used as a weapon of terror. At the end of the war, captured German rockets and scientists helped begin massive missile development programs in the United States and the Soviet Union. Missiles made devastating nuclear attack possible at short notice.


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