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Soviet Nuclear Weapons Testing 1950s-1960s

Public Domain Stock Footage Soviet Nuclear Weapons Testing 1950s-1960s

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keywords: soviet union, nuclear weapons testing, nuclear explosions, tupolev tu-16 bomber, silo launch, lake chagan kazakhstan

Synopsis: Soviet nuclear weapons testing including the nuclear explosion Soviet Union's first H-Bomb, various other nuclear explosions - fireballs and mushroom clouds, how military equipment survived in the blast radius, an atomic underwater torpedo test, missile launch from a silo and creation of Lake Chagan via an underground nuclear blast.

  • Date: 1950s-1960s
  • Duration: 00:06:43
  • Sound: Partial
  • Color: Color/BW
  • Type: Public Domain
  • Language: Russian
  • Location: Soviet Union

Soviet Nuclear Weapons Testing 1950s-1960s

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Russian military personnel deliver nuclear device to be loaded into a Tupolev Tu-16 bomber aircraft. Cut to the plane in flight.


RDS-3 a.k.a. Joe-3 atomic blast filmed on October 18, 1951 after being air-dropped.


August 1953 Soviet first thermonuclear H bomb RDS-S a.k.a. Joe-4 is detonated at the Semipalatinsk test site in the province of Kazakh SSR (Kazakhstan)


1954 Totsk nuclear test.


November 1955 The Soviet Union tests it's fist two-stage hydrogen bomb code named RDS-37 at the Semipalatinsk test site in the province of Kazakh SSR (Kazakhstan).


Color film compilation of Russian nuclear tests made in the former Soviet Union. Scenes include fireballs, mushroom clouds and powerful nuclear shock waves with resulting damage and destruction.


First Soviet underwater test of an atomic torpedo detonation in 1955.


Nuclear missile launch from a silo.


January 1965 Chagan underground nuclear blast creates Lake Chagan in Kazakhstan.