Desert Rock Nuclear Tests 1951-1957 US Troops Observe Atomic Bomb Blasts


Desert Rock Nuclear Tests 1951-1957 US Troops Observe Atomic Bomb Blasts
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US troops at nuclear tests in Nevada. The original film posting at Prelinger Archives calls them soldiers, but actually some or all of them are Marines.

Originally a public domain film from the US Army via the Prelinger Archive, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied. Silent.

NEW VERSION with improved video:

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Exercise Desert Rock – Soldiers Observe Atomic Bomb Blasts 1951 US Army

Desert Rock V Exercise 1953-03-17 US Army

‘Color footage of atomic bomb tests with active duty military personnel at Camp Desert Rock, Nevada Test Site, Nevada. Shows soldiers in foxholes as nuclear detonation occurs nearby; light and shockwaves; blowing dust; soldiers climbing out of foxholes and running towards mushroom cloud. Some of this footage is familiar by virtue of having been seen in the film Atomic Cafe.

Astounding footage of nuclear weapons testing; atomic bomb explosion in the southwestern US desert (New Mexico); great mushroom cloud shots; soldiers in trenches passing time in the desert…

Line of army jeeps drive toward camera down long straight road in desert nuclear test site; jeeps pass sign “If Your Wouldn’t Tell Stalin, Don’t Tell Anyone.”

CU sign in blue and red letters on white board “Talk Means Trouble, Don’t Talk.”

CU sign posted along desert road in blue and red letters on a white board “If You Get Your Information Here, Leave It Here.”

Soldiers in camouflage helmets and green uniforms walk past camera; one soldier on large walkie-talkie radio phone.

Great shot of army truck parked in the desert…

Group six standing soldiers, one African-American soldier, three on walk-talkie radio with large antennas…

Three soldiers, one in camouflage helmet, another in hat, sitting cross-legged on the desert floor playing card…

Soldier in uniform and helmet lies flat on his back…

MS solder in unstrapped camouflage helmet, reads comic book smiling; empty desert and desert mountains along the horizon behind him.

MS low angle soldier in hat and aviator sunglasses on phone; blue sky behind him and the corner of a sandbag fortification.

VS armed combat soldiers in American South West desert simultaneously jumping into trenches and waiting.

Soldier in helmet crouched in trench, holding rifle upright, anxiously smokes cigarette.

CU shot from above to soldiers play cards while crouched in trench.

Two soldiers waiting gazing out from behind trench wall; one soldiers checks his wristwatch.

VS soldiers standing behind desert bunkers duck for cover down into bunkers and trenches.

VS soldiers in helmets, many holding rifles, anxiously waiting in trenches; soldiers with heads ducked down in trenches.

VS abandoned or unoccupied tanks in the desert…

Silhouette of man’s profile speaking into microphone…

Beautiful shot of desert landscape… shot flashes with extremely bright light from nuclear explosion.

Shocking and amazing shot of soldiers nervously waiting in trench stand up, camera turns following soldiers gaze revealing bright nuclear explosion…

Two soldiers with rifles rise from trench are struck by strong gust of sand and dust.

Long row of soldiers in trench looking out into desert, are unexpectedly met by strong gust of dust and sand.

VS soldiers rise from trenches and walk toward explosion with helmets on head and rifles in hand; surreal shot of soldiers walking in desert dwarfed by behemoth nuclear mushroom cloud…

VS 50 to 100 soldiers standing in the desert looking up at the sky in awe.

Great POV shot from behind soldiers shoulder looking up at mushroom cloud.

MS two soldiers wearing helmets with rifles slung over shoulder, gaze up at mushroom cloud in awe.

Surreal shot of nine soldiers in a line in the desert completely dwarfed by enormous cloud of smoke beginning several hundred feet of the ground; camera pans up to reveal the mushroom cloud…

Aerial shot of obliterated tanks in desert, buried in sand.

VS men in khaki jumpsuits, wearing white gloves, aviator sun glasses and hats, surveying the damage of the nuclear test blast…
Wikipedia license:

Desert Rock was the code name of a series of exercises conducted by the US military in conjunction with atmospheric nuclear tests. They were carried out at the Nevada Proving Grounds between 1951 and 1957.

Their purpose was to train troops and gain knowledge of military maneuvers and operations on the nuclear battlefield…

Camp Desert Rock was established in 1951, 1.5 miles south of Camp Mercury. The site was used to billet troops and stage equipment…