I did the best I could to accurately map and represent what an atomic war of this type would actually look like.  The primary targets attract mostly large, 100-kiloton bombs, while the secondaries and opportunity targets attracted the “smaller” 10 to 20-kiloton weapons.  One hundred kilotons is about the largest practical fission bomb that can be built and delivered in their universe.  In our world, where hydrogen weapons rapidly superseded atomic bombs, we never built atom bombs bigger than about 30 kilotons, but of course thermonuclear weapons can be far bigger than that.

Prevailing winds in this part of Africa are from the southwest, turning northwest as they approach the Central African Republic.  Although plumes from atomic bombs are much smaller than those of hydrogen weapons, they generate a lot more “dirty” byproducts, so most of central Africa is in big trouble in this scenario.  That’s what they meant by “continental scale” on the last page.  This map shows about seven hundred and fifty bomb blasts, and there would also have been airbursts that would not have generated downrange fallout, not shown on the map.  This, let me tell you, is a grim thing to study up on.

Well, anyway.  I have a busy week to get ready for, so I’m going to just turn in at this point.  Until next week, folks.