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Unidentified photographer 
Pre-dawn atomic light 
1953, 18 April 
10 x 8 ins (200 x 250 mm) 
Private collection of Brad Feuerhelm 
This was taken seconds after the atomic detonation at the AEC Nevada Proving grounds on April 18th, 1953. Although it was before dawn the atomic light lit up the entire area including the six fool deep entrenching area. U.S. Marines of the 2nd Marine Corps Provisional Atomic Exercise Brigade, huddled in the trenches until the blinding atomic light dissipated, then they moved forward in the first tactical maneuver employing the atomic weapon in an offensive thrust against a simulated enemy position. 

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