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Nuclear-Biological Warfare: Mass Destruction
The ultimate "Big Gun" of war, Nations engage in testing, deploying and launching Weapons Of Mass Destruction. Our Public Domain Stock Footage titles document the preparation by the Superpowers to fight on a nuclear-chemical-biological NBC battlefield, the testing of Atomic Weapons and its affects on full-scale simulated towns and the horrifying results of nuclear attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
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1962 PACIFIC NUCLEAR TESTS
A must have for any "Atomic" fan! We've seen how the Army does things, now it's time to see nuclear weapons the Navy way.
(public domain films) 1962 22 min COL
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
ATLAS, THE - EVOLUTION OF THE ICBM
This film documents the world events starting with the use by Germany of the V-2 rocket as a weapon of war and leading up to the production of America's first ICBM, the Atlas.
(public domain films) 1957 COL 27 min
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
ATOMIC BLASTS: OPERATION GREENHOUSE
THROUGH UPSHOT-KNOTHOLE

See atomic weapons exploding, on the test range (thankfully); From 300 kilotons to baby sub-kiloton weapons.
(public domain films) 1950's 30 min BW COL (SILENT)
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ATOMIC BOMB "FAT MAN"
TARGET NAGASAKI JAPAN

Rare and unusual unedited footage of the 509th CG (Composite Group) and Silverplate B-29 aircraft on Tinian Island, loading “Fat Man” Atomic Bomb, B-29 in flight, mushroom cloud rising from atomic bomb explosion over Nagasaki.
(public domain films) 1945 BW COL 22min (SILENT)
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ATOMIC BOMB "LITTLE BOY"
TARGET HIROSHIMA JAPAN

Rare and unusual unedited footage of the 509th CG (Composite Group) and Silverplate B-29 aircraft on Tinian Island, loading “Little Boy” Atomic Bomb into bomb bay of the B-29 Enola Gay, shows the only actual footage known to exist of the mushroom cloud from atomic bomb drop over Hiroshima.
(public domain films) 1945 BW COL 13min (SILENT)
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ATOMIC BOMB TEST DROPS - ALBUQUERQUE 1944
Rare unedited footage of the 509th Composite Group and “Project W-47”, designed to ballistic test drop 10,000 lb. dummy Atomic Bombs in support of the secret Manhattan Project.
(public domain films) 1944 COL 14min (SILENT)
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ATOMIC BOMB TEST DROPS - WENDOVER 1944
Rare unedited footage of ballistic test drops of "dummy" Atomic Bombs called the “Fat Man” and the “Thin Man” from specially built B-29s at Wendover Army Air Field.
(public domain films) 1944 COL 11min (SILENT)
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ATOMIC - NUCLEAR BOMB EXPLOSIONS
Atomic and nuclear bomb explosions at the Mercury Nevada test site and at the Bikini test site.
(public domain films) COL 39 min
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
ATOMIC POWER FOR PEACE
President Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his 'Atoms For Peace' speech to the U.N. and proposes the establishment of an International Atomic Energy Commission.
(public domain films) 10 min BW
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
ATOMIC SOLDIERS
THE DESERT ROCK EXERCISES

The Desert Rock Exercises on the Nevada Proving Grounds show that combat troops can indeed operate on the nuclear battlefield.
(public domain films) 1951 27 min BW
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BALLISTIC MISSILE HIGHLIGHTS - 1958
Ballistic Missile Program highlights in the late 1950's starting with the Thor IRBM (Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile) the first operational ballistic missile of the U.S. Air Force.
(public domain films) 1958 COL 34 min
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
BIOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL WARFARE DEFENSE
U.S. Navy training film show sailors how a gas mask, tuck pants into socks and an antidote shot is all they need to keep on fighting.
(public domain films) 1953 28 min BW
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
CHINA - NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT
Early snapshots of China's nuclear weapons program and how being a nuclear power and their political ideology blur together.
(public domain films) 1960's 34 min COL
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CIVIL DEFENSE - DUCK AND COVER
Bert the Turtle, who has his own protective shell, teaches us and our shell-less children how to use the duck and cover principle when you see the flash of the Atomic Bomb as well as the initial effects of Nuclear blast.
(public domain films) 1958 BW 9min
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CODE NAME TRINITY - THE FIRST ATOMIC BOMB
The detonation of the first Nuclear device code-name Trinity on July 16 1945 under the WWII Manhattan Project at the White Sands Proving Ground near Alamogordo New Mexico.
(public domain films) 1945 COL 12min (SILENT)
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DAMAGE AND DESTRUCTION
Witness the destruction of a fake town by a nuclear weapon, as it happens, within the explosion and its aftermath.
(public domain films) 1950's 17 min COL (SILENT)
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DAVY CROCKET - THE ATOMIC CANNON
Visiting dignitaries are introduced to the Army's Davy Crocket, a recoilless launcher designed to fire nuclear artillery shells.
(public domain films) 1962 19 min COL
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DEVELOPMENT OF THE ATOMIC BOMB
OAK RIDGE, TENNESSEE

The Oak Ridge plant and its various buildings. Different atomic bomb bursts and mushroom clouds filmed in slow motion.
(public domain films) 1940's 4 min COL
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EFFECTS OF LSD ON MARCHING TROOPS
As part of the U.S. Military Chemical and Biological Warfare Program, soldiers are filmed performing close-order drill and taking orders from superiors, they are then given LSD and attempt duplicate their actions in a before and after comparison; confusion and break-down of discipline ensues.
(public domain films) 1968 - 1973 37 min COL
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FRIENDLY USES FOR NUCLEAR EXPLOSIVES
The power of the atom isn't just for World War III, it can also be a valuable friend in construction, mining and "rapid excavation".
(public domain films) 1968 - 1973 37 min COL
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LETS FACE IT!
SURVIVING A NUCLEAR ATTACK

Fearing an attack by the former Soviet attack was imminent, The Federal Civil Defense Administration put out this Cold War gem.
(public domain films) 1960's 15 min COL
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MEDICAL ASPECTS OF NUCLEAR RADIATION
The people at the Air Force Special Weapons Project want you to know that your fears about radiation are completely unfounded.
(public domain films) 1950 21 min COL
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
MINUTEMAN II LAUNCH, VANDENBERG, AFB
Intercontinental Ballistic Missile silo launches of the Minuteman II. The Minuteman II is a three-stage, solid fuel, ICBM.
(public domain films) 1968 COL 10 min (SILENT)
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MISSILE MALFUNCTIONS - VANDENBERG, AFB
Shows a series of missile malfunctions resulting in blowups and destruction of Atlas missiles on pad and during flight, explosion of Titan I during flight, blowups of the Minuteman missile in its silo and during flight and a mishap in which the upper stage of a Thor-Agena falls off the Thor booster prior to launch.
(public domain films) 1966 COL 18min (SILENT)
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
keywords: cold war, missile malfunctions, missile explosions, titan i missile launch, minute man missile launch
NEW LOOK AT THE H-BOMB, A
Val Peterson, Federal Civil Defense Administrator, teaches us about the H-Bomb, radioactive fallout and what we need to do.
(public domain films) 1957 10 min COL
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NUCLEAR DEVASTATION - JAPAN
The horrific damage and destruction caused by nuclear strikes against the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended WWII.
(public domain films) 1945 31 min BW
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OPERATION SANDSTONE - RADIOLOGICAL SAFETY
Operation Sandstone was conducted at Enewetak Atoll in the Marshall Islands in 1948 to test the first new Atomic or Nuclear bomb design since WWII.
(public domain films) 1948 BW 26 min
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THE PEACEKEEPER - FIRST SILO LAUNCH
Systems are constructed to test a silo launch of the Peacekeeper ICBM initially known as the MX missile.
(public domain films) 1985 COL 12 min
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PROJECT DESERT ROCK
Unedited footage of a Nuclear explosion from Project Desert Rock which was viewed by U.S. Infantry to gauge their psychological reaction to the blast and lessons on how to operate on the Nuclear Battlefield.
(public domain films) 1952 COL 8min (SILENT)
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PROTECTION AGAINST
CHEMICAL AND BIOLOGICAL WARFARE

A squad of soldiers illustrates importance of yourself and supplies in case of a Nuclear Biological or Chemical Attack.
(public domain films) 1968 COL 27 min
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PROTECTION IN THE NUCLEAR AGE
Disturbing film depicting nuclear war as more of a temporary minor inconvenience, accompanied by an all-body sunburn.
(public domain films) 30 min BW COL (ANIM/LIVE ACTION)
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RADIATION SAMPLING USING HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONS
Operation Hibal was an Air Force Program to monitor radiation particles in the atmosphere using high altiude balloons.
(public domain films) 1966 BW 14 min
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TULAROSA FRONTIER - WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
History of the White Sands Missile Range starting with the  early history of this area, testing of captured German V-2 rockets after WW II, up to the Redstone Missile test in 1961.
(public domain films) 1940s - 1960sCOL 28 min
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
THERMONUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING 1
Combination of two Nuclear Weapons Test Films,
"Effects Of Atomic Weapons" and "The Thermonuclear Weapon".
(public domain films) 45 min BW COL
Nuclear Biological Warfare public domain stock footage
TITAN VS1 LAUNCH
First in-silo launch of a liquid fueled Intercontinental Ballistic missile, Titan VS-1, code named 'Silver Saddle'.
(public domain films) COL 10 min (SILENT)
Nuclear BiologicalWarfare public domain stock footage