A-Thor-missile-is-loaded-onto-a-Douglas-C-133-Cargomaster-transport-aircraft
June 23, 2022
On 4 October 1957, the Soviet Union began the Space Age by launching Sputnik 1. It was the world’s first artificial satellite – so called to distinguish them from natural satellites such as the Earth’s Moon. The advancement in Soviet technology cr...
XD822-RAF-Valiant-B.1.-Prestwick-28-May-1960.-Scanned-from-my-fathers-original-negative-©Jim-Cain
October 29, 2021
William Penney, the man in charge of Britain’s bomb design, William Cook, his deputy, and the scientists at the Atomic Weapons Research Establishment (AWRE) at Aldermaston in Berkshire did not have full knowledge on how to build a hydrogen bomb. T...
A-Blue-Danube-Mark-1-bomb-drops-away-from-a-Vickers-Valiant-B.1-bomber.-Ministry-of-Defense
June 25, 2021
On 16 July 1945, with the support of Britain, the United States detonated the world’s first atomic weapon. In August 1949, the USSR successfully tested their first nuclear device. With the success of Operation Hurricane in October 1952, Britain ha...
Op_hurricane_earlystageexplosion
May 28, 2021
On 3 October 1952, Britain detonated their first atomic bomb.  Due to the small size and high-density population of Britain there were no suitable sites for an atmospheric weapons test. In 1950, Britain had made the request to the Australi...
Sir-Winston-Churchill-and-Clement-Attlee-at-an-event
October 30, 2020
1949 – While Britain raced towards their first nuclear weapon, Russia was also advanced in their building of a nuclear device. The Soviet design was an implosion-type bomb, based on the ‘Fat Man’ device which was detonated by the US in 1945....
AERE-Bus-c-Brian-Matthews
August 28, 2020
January 1947 – Clement Attlee’s government had made the decision that Britain required an independent nuclear deterrent to maintain its position in world politics. Arriving late to a GEN 75 Committee meeting in October 1946, and aft...
Atomic_Energy_Act_of_1946_signing
July 31, 2020
Two weeks before the first nuclear weapon was used for warfare, dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, the results of the UK general election were announced. On 26 July 1945, Labour had won power and Clement Attlee was appointed Prime Minister...
1024px-Bockscar_050809-F-1234P-003 Source-United States Force museum
April 24, 2020
The Potsdam Conference was held near Berlin on 17 July 1945, the day after the Trinity test, and was to run until 2 August. The conference was for the ‘Big Three’ heads of state – Joseph Stalin (USSR), Winston Churchill (UK) and Harry S. Tru...
Trinity_-_Jumbo_brought_to_site
February 28, 2020
On 8 May 1945, Winston Churchill announced German armed forces had surrendered unconditionally. But, the World War had not completely ended. In his speech announcing VE Day Churchill spoke of Japan, saying “We may allow ourselves a brief pe...
B Reactor, Hanford, Washington
January 31, 2020
Julius Robert Oppenheimer was an American theoretical physicist and is among those who are credited with being the “father of the atomic bomb”. He was the head of the Los Alamos Laboratory, which was to be the Manhattan Project’s secre...

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