Prompted by this question:
I have begun to wonder about how Paul had access to the atomics in the first place.
As this question potentially reveals spoilers for people that have not read the novel or seen any filmed versions I've placed the bulk of this under a spoiler
Following the Harkonnen attack, Paul and his mother flee into the desert with only basic survival gear until they are taken in by the Fremen. So where and how did he gain access to the atomics? It is certainly not mentioned in David Lynch's 1984 film and having read the book I can't pin point a scene that specifically describes this. Clearly it happens "off camera" so to speak. Were they hidden in the desert prior to the Harkonnen attack as a precaution to keep them safe? Or were they "liberated" from the Harkonnens?
Can someone point me to a passage in the novel that explains this or is it genuinely a plot hole?