Eisenhower Authorizes Use of Nuclear Weapons
Top military commanders authorized advance authority to use nuclear weapons.
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Pres. Eisenhower Allows Use of Weapons if Soviets Attack
Dec. 1959 | Washington, DC
After this photo was taken, Pres. Dwight D. Eisenhower issued Instructions for Expenditure of Nuclear Weapons in Emergency Conditions to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to be used only if communication with the President was impossible, and not to be assumed through accident or misinformation.
You can read more about this memorandum in Almost History by Roger Bruns, pages 14-16