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Camp Desert Rock



At Camp Desert Rock in Nevada, the U.S. military began using smaller atomic blasts to learn how to fight a nuclear war. On April 22, 1952 approximately 2,000 Army personnel conducted maneuvers beneath the mushroom cloud of the Charlie nuclear detonation. The 31-kiloton explosion was one of the largest ever conducted in Nevada to that date. This government film claimed that with a few basic precautions, U.S. troops could fight and survive an atomic attack.

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