Military Participation on TUMBLER-SNAPPER
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- Tumbler-Snapper, Tumbler, Snapper, atomic, nuclear, Cold War, atomic testing, nuclear testing, 1952, military, Nevada, Nevada Proving Ground, Nevada Test Site, national defense, Department of Defense, radiation, radioactivity, radioactive
- United States Air Force Lookout Mountain Laboratory, Air Photographic Charting Service, Hollywood, California
Able, an airdrop event on April 1, 1952, produced a yield of one kiloton. One of the experiments involved an analysis of the shock waves produced by the detonation. The Baker blast on April 15, 1952, with a one kiloton yield, also produced weapons effects data.
The news media was invited to view the Charlie nuclear detonation, a first at the Nevada Proving Ground. They watched from "News Nob," about seven miles away. Also, approximately 2,000 Army personnel, including paratroopers, conducted maneuvers beneath the mushroom cloud. The 31-kiloton explosion on April 22, 1952, was one of the largest ever conducted in Nevada to that date.
With the 19-kiloton Dog shot on May 1, 1952, the Marines got their turn at a nuclear exercise.
They loaded into their trucks and drove toward ground zero until intolerable radiation levels forced them to abort the mission.
The Easy shot of 12 kilotons on May 7, 1952, provided scientists the opportunity to record photographically the birth of the blast measured in milliseconds. That is all the time scientists had before entire top of the tower was consumed by the fireball.
The sixth shot, Fox, was an 11-kiloton weapons development related test watched on May 25, 1952, by about 1,000 military observers from a distance of 7,000 yards. The soldiers were conducting radiation monitor training. A military display area filled by jeeps, tanks, machine guns, and artillery pieces was established almost under the shot tower, and all of the hardware was demolished.
The last two shots in TUMBLER-SNAPPER, both weapons development related, were George, 15 kilotons on June 1, 1952; and How, 14 kilotons, on June 5, 1952.
About the narrator:
Reed Hadley narrated this film.
Parallel to his public life as a radio, television, and movie star -- with the credit of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame -- Reed Hadley worked in a top secret military role as a presenter for Armed Forces Special Weapons Project (AFSWP) films.
AFSWP produced films through the United States Air Force Lookout Mountain Laboratory located in Hollywood, California. These AFSWP films covered analysis and documentary archives in nuclear weapons testing, special weapons systems development, as well as Civil Defense films. A key role of the laboratory was to produce films for national defense projects archives, military training films, and documentation for top secret oversight and appropriations committees of United States Congress.
"Military Participation on TUMBLER-SNAPPER" was produced for documenting the AFSWP nuclear weapons tests coded in TUMBLER-SNAPPER, for top secret committees of United States Congress.
This film was not sanitized/edited for declassification until 1997, years after the end of the Cold War. The declassification tags are at the beginning of the film, to document that this film has been carefully screened to remove data considered secret to national defense experts. If the sound cuts out at times into silence, it is not a flaw in the film, but a censoring block of secret data edited out of the film.
The U.S. Department of Energy releases films onto NTSC Digital Betacam -- relatively expensive broadcast masters -- and NTSC VHS tapes.
This film was captured from very grainy NTSC VHS tape transfer stock.
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- 2006-01-12 12:55:53
- color, originating from 16 mm Kodachrome I film stock
- 47 minutes 12 seconds
- Filmed in 1952 at the Nevada Proving Ground, renamed as the Nevada Test Site in 1957. Nevada, USA.
- This film has a license because of the personal work in technical processes of digitally improving this film's quality. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ This license for "Military Participation on TumblerSnapper1952" or "TumblerSnapper1952" is held by financially contributing administrators of the Nuclear Weapons Vault, the provider of this film.
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- sound, mono
Subject: USA themselves were not prissy about nuclear testing
Although if Japanese feel, they bacame experts on nuclear warfare and atomic energy unwillingly, the US clearly have conducted much more tests and collected much more experience, not sparing their own soldiers, about the effects and all aspects of nuclear detonations.
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