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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP20 Nov 2022 7:59 p.m. PST

… and the weapons it'd use to win it

"The U.S. military likes to be ready for any situation or scenario. That is why the Army worked on developing secret space weapons for potential battles on the surface of the Moon. It wasn't just a one-off idea either, the Army commissioned a full study looking at multiple options for space-ready armaments to use on a proposed lunar military base.

Step back in time to the 1960s. The Soviet Union's successful launch of Sputnik kicked off the Space Race, President John F. Kennedy promised to put a human on the Moon and the imagination of the Jet Age and the Atomic Age was in full effect. Technology had evolved so quickly in recent years, anything seemed possible. And with that can-do, the future-is-now mindset, the U.S. Army had an idea for space…"

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Twoheart21 Nov 2022 6:57 a.m. PST

Just finished reading Adam Smale's HOT MOON. Novel suggested armed conflict on Moon circa 1979 with altered timeline. Andropov is Soviet premier. Figures.

One tactic a KGB Cosmonaut used vs a NASA female Captain in H2H on the surface was black spray paint onto the woman's spacesuit faceplate. Took her out of the fight and into capture. I checked on whether a can of Rustoleum matte black would work in a vacuum. Chances are yes. I figured the painter had to be pretty close to the target before the paint spray froze into BB size globules and bounced off the faceplate of the target.

BTW Black Site Studio (Dallas) features Moon skirmish combat in a rule set called Lunar. Weps don't feature spray paint. House rule coming up.

SBminisguy21 Nov 2022 7:51 a.m. PST

Great stuff, thanks for sharing! I was always intrigued by the USAF's manned spaceflight programs of the early 1960s. They were testing the X-20 Dynasoar mini-shuttle and planned to build our first space station – Manned Orbiting Laboratory. What if that had been allowed to continue instead of being shut down and giving the Apollo project sole regard over manned spaceflight?

Stryderg21 Nov 2022 11:54 a.m. PST

Same battles circa 1860 would have involved LOTS of wine and bread, since everyone just knew the moon was made of cheese. My how times change.

Bunkermeister Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 3:31 p.m. PST

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This is the real deal, how the US Army would have a moon base all their own.

Mike Bunkermeister Creek

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 3:37 p.m. PST



Oberlindes Sol LIC Supporting Member of TMP21 Nov 2022 6:34 p.m. PST

That bears reading in the near future.

Thresher0122 Nov 2022 2:21 a.m. PST

Interesting articles.

Thanks for sharing.

Useful for Moongrunt scenarios.

SpuriousMilius22 Nov 2022 7:28 a.m. PST

I always thought that Nato astronauts vs Cosmonauts, ala James Bond in space, would make a good game. I recommend the Osprey "Nazi Moonbase" book on this subject.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Nov 2022 2:59 p.m. PST

A votre service mon ami…


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Grattan54 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 8:49 a.m. PST

There is a new game/miniatures called Lunar. An alternative history with the US/Russian and others fighting on the Moon during the 60s and 70s. I have it but haven't played it yet.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Nov 2022 2:59 p.m. PST

Sound funny….


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