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The United States has long been considered the pinnacle of military technology, worldwide, with very few nations willing to even look at us sideways at times.

From the moment that World War II’s conflict-killing atomic weapons were first announced to the world, the race was on.  Every other human being on the planet knew immediately what this had meant:  The U.S. was in charge now, whether anyone liked it or not.

Luckily for them, it was the United States that got to that golden milestone first.  Otherwise, the Nazi party could have easily nuked their way around the planet in order to install their own brand of national socialism far and wide.

The U.S. has, of course, continued to be a dominant force in the world weaponry game, and what we were capable  of even 60 years ago is enough to keep much of the world at bay, as evidenced by the recent release of footage taken around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

At the height of the Cold War, the U.S. was testing nuclear weapons in case it needed to use them. Now, remarkable footage has been released, with more than 250 videos detailing just how extensive the testing was.

The Lawrence Livermore National Library (LLNL) in California has posted the videos to its YouTube channel, all of which are now declassified, and they show countless explosions that took place on testing grounds in the U.S., from 1945 to 1962.

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LLNL’s weapon physicist Greg Spriggs said it was imperative the team restored the footage, a process which took five years.

“We know that these films are on the brink of decomposing to the point where they become useless,” Spriggs said, according to the Daily Mail.

Spriggs added that it took several years to track down the footage. Only after the footage was found, did the LLNL researchers realize that most of the data about the tests was wrong. With less sophisticated technology at their disposal than their modern counterparts, scientists reportedly struggled to estimate the explosions’ size and power.

The footage is absolutely awe-inspiring.



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