The ‘Atomic Marines’ of America’s botched Bikini Atoll nuclear test demand justice. After being sworn to secrecy about their Cold War mission, the men are now finally speaking out ahead of ‘Burning Sky’, a documentary which premieres on PBS America on Wednesday 23 June. As part of a series of top-secret nuclear tests codenamed Operation Castle, on 1 March 1954 the US military carried out a trial known as “Castle Bravo”, detonating a 15-megaton hydrogen bomb on Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Delivered to the West Pacific on the USS Curtiss by marines who had taken an oath of secrecy, the device was 1,000 times more powerful than the bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945 – and, due to an error in calculation, two-and-a-half times more destructive than expected.
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