21 Apr '18, 8am

Side Glances at Operation Crossroads

One of the benefits of digitized archives are the ability to call up pieces of the past that are physically apart from each other and see them all together in context. This ability to make connections can often lead to interesting glances not shown in context together before. Scattered throughout the Naval Institute’s roughly half-million photographic subject files are many that deal with Operation Crossroads in 1946. These famous nuclear tests, whose iconic images of mushroom clouds exploding out of an over the Pacific Ocean would cement the awesome destructive power of nuclear weapons in the minds of the world at large, was marked not just by its results, but by the massive undertaking behind it: over 42,000 people, 242 ships, and 156 aircraft brought the Crossroads tests to fruition. In an undertaking of this size, some of the interesting details ultimately get lost in ...

Full article: https://www.navalhistory.org/2018/04/19/side-glances-at-o...

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