When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Picatinny Arsenal was the only munitions plant in the nation capable of producing anything larger than small arms ammunition. Today, it is a sprawling reservation devoted to research and development of new weapons, both conventional and nuclear. With an introduction written by New Jersey Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, this photographic history traces Picatinny Arsenal's role as the major ammunition research, development, and manufacture site from the Revolutionary War through Desert Storm. Picatinny Arsenal shows dramatic pictures of the Lake Denmark Naval Ammunition explosion in 1926, which leveled much of the arsenal, the rebuilding of the arsenal by the WPA, its role in the post-war era, and its museum. Taken mostly from Picatinny Arsenal's archives, over 200 images capture the lives of people, both military and civilian, who made Picatinny what it is today.
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The Lake Denmark Explosion
Picatinny Supplies the World
Experimentation and Development
1926 explosion administration center AERIAL VIEW anti-aircraft gun Armament Research Armed Forces Day Army Photograph-Picatinny Arsenal arsenal's artillery shells assembled Author's Archives blast bombs brick walls Building 151 built CANNON GATES commander's residence constructed cost damage demolished developed and manufactured engineers evacuees explosions and shock Feltman fireless locomotives floor Forces Day observances frame girders high explosive antitank high explosives Korea to Vietnam laboratory Lake Denmark linear feet liquid-fueled rocket loading magazines missile Morris County Morristown munitions National Guard Armory Naval Depot Naval Powder Depot Naval Rocket Test Navy nuclear Picatinny Arsenal Picatinny Lake Picatinny's powder factory production lines projectile propellant powder railroad tracks Ramsey rebuilt reconstructed rehabilitated Rocket Test Station roof shock waves small arms ammunition smokeless powder spillway steam lines STORAGE SHED tanks technicians test firing TEST RANGE tile two-story U.S. Army Photograph U.S. Army Photograph-Picatinny weapons wooden workers World World War II WPA workmen