TODAY IN HISTORY: The day US troops were ordered to march towards a nuclear explosion

November 1, 1951 marks the day of one of seven nuclear bomb tests conducted by the US military in the wake of World War II as part of Operation Buster–Jangle.

Buster-Jangle was designed to test 6500 troops’ capabilities and teach them how to react to the dropping of a nuclear weapon.

During the operation, low-yield nuclear bombs were exploded by the US military and troops were ordered to create foxholes, construct gun emplacements and bunkers in a defensive position 11km south of the detonation area.

After that, they were ordered to begin marching towards the detonation site – and the radiation being emitted from the massive explosion.

The ground troops got as close as 900 metres from ground zero before they were told to back away.

The US Human Resources Research Office then gathered data on the psychological experiences of the troops after witnessing such a detonation

and moving closer towards the affected area

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