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Capturing a Photograph of an Atomic Bomb Blast

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Capturing a Photograph of an Atomic Bomb Blast

Short | 02:48

In 1946, on a remote Pacific Island, the military began a program known as ?Operation Crossroads.? Its aim was to capture, on film, the actual moment of an atomic bomb detonation.


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The Cold War cast a constant shadow of threat over the United States and the Soviet Union throughout the second half of the 20th century. This is the story of how the U.S. military produced top-secret films with Hollywood, using its state-of-the-art studios, equipment, and even talent, including Walt Disney and Marilyn Monroe. Recently declassified, never-before-broadcast footage reveals how the films were used to train soldiers and aid scientific research.

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