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The Secret History of RDX: The Super-Explosive that Helped Win World War II

Colin F. Baxter


During the 1930s, British scientists perfected a sugar-white explosive called RDX. Twice as deadly as TNT, RDX was also ten times more expensive. In The Secret History of RDX, historian Colin F. Baxter tells the story of the people who developed, produced, and used RDX in the top-secret, $100 million factory near Kingsport, Tennessee, called the Holston Ordinance Works. Drawing from archival records and numerous interviews with individuals who worked at the “powder plant” from 1942 to 1945, he explores not only the explosive’s military significance but also its impact on the lives of ordinary ... More

Keywords: RDX, Explosives, Holston Ordinance Works, Kingsport, Tennessee, Allied army, Warheads, Army Ordnance Department

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780813175287
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813175287.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colin F. Baxter, author
East Tennessee State University (emeritus)