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Declassified U. S. Government Films Detailing How America Planned To Win A Nuclear War!
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OPERATIONS TUMBLER, IVY, DOORSTEP & CASTLE
Bombing Techniques Tested, First H-Bomb Detonated, New Bomb Designs Perfected & Civil Defense Measures Evaluated
Operation Tumbler - A Photographic Study Of Blast And Thermal Phenomena (1952,Color, 22:21)
With the Korean War raging, the Defense Department was keen to perfect bombing techniques so as to maximize destructive potential against surface targets. A major obstacle to this goal was the unreliability of mathematical formulae then in use to predict blast yield and its associated effects. This film documents the technological and methodological measuring techniques used and photographic analyses employed in the obtaining of data necessary to arrive at more accurate blast yield predictions.
Operation Ivy - Parts 1 & 2 (1952, Color, 1:02:47)
With the Cold War raging and fears that the Soviet Union was gaining on the U.S. in nuclear proficiency after it had successfully detonated its own atomic bomb in 1949, President Truman in 1950 directed the Atomic Energy commission to "work on all forms of atomic weapons, including the so-called hydrogen or "Super Bomb". This directive culminated in Operation Ivy, which resulted in two separate explosive tests, the two most powerful bombs ever created until that time - one a tactical high-yield fission or atomic nuclear weapon, and the other the world's first hydrogen atomic device or thermonuclear weapon.
Operation Doorstep (1953, B&W, 10:15)
An operation that was itself a subset of Operation Upshot-Knothole (which operation is featured in NUCLEAR WAR FILMS VOLUME VII) which subset was especially concerned with Civil Defense related matters and relied upon mannequins, various housing types and general community infrastructure to provide the necessary data with which to predict domestic damage, test Civil Defense assumptions and evaluate the relative damage particular materials and construction types would sustain.
Operation Castle (1953, Color 20:28)
This series of tests of new and more powerful thermonuclear devices resulted in mixed results and helped to clearly show how, and how not, to perfect the design of these weapons.
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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