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    Cuts for newsreel 46/57 - EXPERIMENT WITH DEATH - First Atom Bomb Test at Bikini.

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    Unused / unissued material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    Cuts for newsreel 46/57 - EXPERIMENT WITH DEATH - First Atom Bomb Test at Bikini.

    General view of sea.

    Admiral Blandy, the officer commanding operation X roads, on the bridge of his flagship, looks through field glasses and talks with other officers. Diagram of the globe showing Bikini as it is in relation to Hawaii. Diagrammatic layout of the target ships in the Bikini lagoon.

    Sailors on board target ship in lagoon place radioactivity reading machines on deck. Sailors shear the wool from the backs of sheep on board the target ships. Sailors rub protective ointment into the bared skin of the sheep. Sailors put rats in cages. Shots of sailors and officers on board ship and getting into launch to leave.

    Various angle shots of the Super Fort aircraft 'Dave's Dream' which is to drop the atom bomb. Crew prepare for flight, put on lifejackets. Plane in flight. Diagram showing the mileage covered and the plane approaching the target area. Diagrammatic bomb explosion, showing the blast effect, and the type of smoke cloud.

    Sailors on launch sit crouched in boat with heads bent. Sailors put on goggles to watch the blast. Shots of plane approaching target area. Shots of crew on board. Rear view of the bombardier of the plane seated in the all glass nose of the plane, as he releases the bomb.

    L/Ss of the bomb exploding. Huge mushroom cloud. Admiral Blandy surveys the damage from the bridge of a small naval craft.

    Research experts take samples of water from the sea to test its radioactive content, as a small ship moves into the lagoon to investigate the effects of the bomb. Water hoses are sprayed over a ship, apparently undamaged. Scientists on ship look through microscopes. Shots of mangled ships in target area. Sailors in small craft look at bomb damaged ship 'Prinz Eugen'.

    More shots of bomb exploding with enormous mushroom cloud.

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    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:29:58:00 / 01:39:36:00
    UN 1530 C

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