Episode of "The Big Picture", a U.S. Army series of news release programs. U.S. Army cameraman recording Nike missile launch. Atomic cannon fires shell creating atomic explosion and classic mushroom cloud.. Army troops spill out of Sikorsky YH-19 helicopters. U.S. Army infantry soldiers ascend hill firing their rifles. Atomic experiments at Camp Desert Rock in Nevada, United States. U.S. Army Master Sergeant Stuart Queen seated at a desk in his office. He speaks about a series of atomic experiments ("Desert Rock 6") held in barren lands of Nevada at Camp Desert Rock. Celebrating victory in Europe, during World War 2, American troops parade down the Champs Elysees in Paris, France, with the Arch of Triumph behind them. Happy Parisians watch the parade.. War scenes in Hiroshima, Japan: Actual footage of explosion and mushroom cloud rising after atomic bomb blast over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. Barren land on the ground in Hiroshima after the blast. B-29 bombers in flight. Atomic bomb test detonation. Atomic artillery gun M65, also called the Atomic Cannon or Atomic Annie, fires and creates nuclear explosion on distant target.Viking missile launch. U.S. soldiers on parade. Headquarters sign at U.S. Army atomic experiment station at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada, displaying 6-pointed star with "A" in center.. Several atomic test explosions. Soldiers on hillside witness a non-nuclear explosion. Buses carry troops along a road past a sign warning of radiation hazard. Army captain, instructor, briefing troops before the start of atomic maneuvers.. Maps of planned maneuvers. Engineer surveyors lay out ground zero target. View of the ground zero area which is the target area for testing. Signal men lay communication lines to receive and transmit teletype messages. Men operate machinery and dig trenches in which troops will take cover. Other men cover them with sand. [Note: According to the U.S. Department of State, Office of the Historian, from February 18 to May 15, 1955, the United States conducted Operation Teapot, a nuclear test series at Yucca Flat and Frenchman Flat on the Nevada Test Site in the continental United States. During the test period 14 nuclear shots and 1 non-nuclear shot were detonated. Several thousand scientific, military (army, air force, navy, marines), and civilian contract personnel participated in the organization, planning, and execution of the test series. Military exercises undertaken during and following the shots took place under the name Desert Rock 6.]
Camp Desert Rock also known as Desert Atom Camp in Nevada. U.S. troops participate in atomic testing exercises and wait seated in the desert. An atomic explosion in the background. The troops turn quickly to witness the formation of the resulting mushroom cloud. A small dust flurry rises as a minor blast wave hits the men. The soldiers rise and then kneel as they continue to watch the formation of radioactive clouds.
Desert Rock Exercises (Desert Rock IV) underway for testing of nuclear weapon at Yucca Flats area of Nevada Proving Ground outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Test shot Dog. Squad tents pitched to form a bivouac area at Camp Desert Rock, south of Camp Mercury. Mountains in the background. Giant white cloud of smoke rises from behind the mountains due to detonation of nuclear weapon during Operation Tumbler-Snapper. This was shot "Dog," a 19 kiloton TX-7 device airdrop in Area 7. A mushroom cloud forms. Soldiers watch the smoke rising after the testing of the nuclear bomb device known as Dog.
American soldiers silhouetted against light sky at sunset in Camp Desert Rock, Nevada, as they await start of the Army's atomic exercise, "Desert Rock VI." Scene shifts to the "Strip" in Las Vegas, illuminated by neon signs, including those for the Golden Nugget and the Last Frontier. Women in white costumes dance in a weekly free performance sponsored by the Las Vegas Variety Club. Soldiers in uniform sit at tables watching the show.
Operation Desert Rock at Yucca Flats in Las Vegas, Nevada. U.S. Marines in dungarees with field transport packs, rifles and other combat gear as they enter a tent. The marines in winter service " B" uniforms with packs, rifles and other equipment as they move through streets and are assigned tents. The marines walk after getting off buses. They carry rifles, BAR's ( Browning Automated Rifles) and carbines. Aeriel view of the camp area. M35 trucks with the marines in back as they pull water trailers. A sign reads ' Camp Desert Rock Sixth Army '. Men peel potato. The marines shave and wash their faces at an outdoor wash rack. An officer at a chart as he briefs the marines. Two marines at a table inside a tent. A marine comes out of the tent.
A U.S. Army Captain, instructor at Camp Desert Rock, in Nevada, briefs U.S soldiers about atomic maneuvers. He notes that the first indication of an atomic explosion is the brilliant light created. After that, a fireball will be visible. Animated images accompany his descriptions of changes in the fireball and formation of the characteristic mushroom cloud. Troops being briefed are seated in a large outdoor area at the camp. Using chalk and blackboard, the Captain explains that danger comes from blast, heat, and radiation. Animated images illustrate the effects of atomic blast, as the Captain narrates.