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Declassified U. S. Government Films Detailing How America Planned To Win A Nuclear War!
VOLUME X: OPERATIONS HARDTACK, ARGUS, GNOME & NOUGAT
Nuclear Weapons Employed From The Edge Of Space To The Earth's Interior And About The Oceans In-Between From Before The 1958-61 Nuclear Test Moratorium To The Search For Peaceful Applications
Excerpts From Operation Hardtack (1958, Color, Silent, 16:53)
When it became apparent that the US and USSR were about to agree to a nuclear test moratorium, the Department of Defense decided to conduct the largest nuclear test series yet, featuring as many new devices as could be rushed into production. Especial interest was given to ballistic missiles, both intercontinental and submarine-launched, and both high altitide and underwater detonations. This film is a one reel selection of notable events of these tests, particularly extraordinary footage of detonations and close-ups on affected ships in target areas.
Operation Argus - Report Of Chief, AFSWP To ARPA (1958, Color, 44:36)
In secret operations conducted in conjunction with the civilian space agency NASA's very public Explorer IV satellite mission, three nuclear devices were detonated over the South Atlantic at the edge of space and proved that nuclear explosions could create artificial Van Allen belt-like bands of energy in near space which could serve to disrupt electronic circuitry, radio and other communications during a military exchange.
Project Gnome (1961, Color, 29:07)
Introduced by the renowned nuclear physicist Edward Teller, this film tells the story of the first test of the Operation Plowshare series, which operation intend to promote peaceful and civilian uses of nuclear explosions. It involved the detonation of a 3 kiloton device in a New Mexico salt bed with among other objectives the determining of the possible use of such irradiated salts as a stockpile materiel for scientific and medical research.
Vela Uniform Participation In Operation Nougat And Gnome(1962, Color, 21:26)
The Vela Uniform Program engaged in both seismological studies regarding the surveillance of nuclear explosions underground and astronomical studies for the same surveillance of outer space. While both the Gnome and Nougat underground tests were part of the civilian Plowshare program, Vela Uniform took advantage of the conduct of these civilian tests to obtain data results suitable to their own purposes. This film documents this involvement.
NOTE: Due to the classified nature of some of their subject matter, the U.S. Department of Defense has in small sections silenced the audio tracks or still-framed the video tracks of some of these films. These portions are not a product defect, are short in duration, and do not detract from a satisfying viewing experience.
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