Soldiers assess damage from atomic explosive test shot,"Apple Two," during U.S. Army exercise Desert Rock 6.
Nevada United States USA Date:1955 Duration:3 min 26 sec Sound:Yes
Views of various structures and objects after being exposed to atomic explosive test shot "Apple 2" during U.S. Army Exercise Desert Rock VI. A wooden frame house splintered by the blast. A low concrete structure, relatively intact. An overturned Army vehicle. An unsheltered low-wing monoplane, number NG 489851, with skin stripped from its horizontal stabilizer and wing tips. A P-47 aircraft appearing relatively intact. A badly damaged two-wheel trailer. A relatively unscathed auxiliary power unit on a stabilized trailer. Vehicles reduced to rubble. Radar unit and accompanying truck and power unit, seemingly OK, but dish antenna may be damaged. Three soldiers stand around an M2HB heavy machine gun knocked from its stand. A B-29 bomber sits on a ramp with a sign in front of it warning of radiation. A ground crewman sprays the bomber down with a pressure hose to decontaminate it by washing off radioactive particles. A soldier rides a jeep out to check radiation readings on a vehicle that had been exposed. Troops walk back from ground zero and undergo personal cleaning with brooms and checks by geiger counters. A soldier being checked, including his boots. Soldiers sweeping dust from M48 tanks used in the exercise. A soldier being "interviewed" by another, about means of coping with atomic weapons on the battlefield. A formation of soldiers marching, led by one carrying a Corps of Engineers Guidon with the number 14 on it.
[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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