U.S. Army conducts exercise Desert Rock VI, as the "Apple 2" atomic explosive test shot is fired at the Nevada test site
Nevada United States USA Date:1955 Duration:4 min 26 sec Sound:Yes
U.S.Army troops silhouetted against sky at dawn as they step from trucks and then proceed to their protected positions in area of ground zero prior to the "Apple II" atomic explosive test shot, "Apple Two,"associated with the Army exercise Desert Rock 6. They enter sand-bagged trenches. A briefing officer in a trench issues final instructions that are broadcast over a loudspeaker. View of desert dry lake bed, beyond which is ground zero (detonation site) about 5 miles away. Soldiers are seen foxholes and trenches. An M48 Patton tank, of Task Florce Razor is seen, with a tank commander speaking to his group by radio. He instructs them to shut down engines, close all hatches and turn turrets to the rear. Views of tank crew members inside their tanks.
The Commander goes down closing his hatch behind him. Other tank crews do likewise. Two Soldiers seen waiting in a trench. One smokes a cigarette. Others standing in their trench. At H-Hour minus two minutes, a siren blows and all begin taking protected positions deep within their trenches and foxholes, as instructed over the loudspeaker. Views of some soldiers in their positions. Glimpse of jeep and of B-45 bomber sitting unprotected on the desert. View of P-47 aircraft in protected positions. Several trees in a line. White flash fills screen as the atomic device is detonated. The explosion seen through camera filming through a porthole. A building flashes into flame and then is blown over by blast. Interior of house containing mannequins seen, as windows burst in flames and then blast destroys it. Other buildings being swept away. A steel tower bending but remaining upright. Troops out of their trenches moving forward toward ground zero, as the mushroom cloud forms in the distance, and a helicopter flies overhead. Patton tanks of Task Force Razor move toward ground zero, "fighting" their way through obstacles.
[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.]
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