What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?


[Music] when the flash hit yeah you could see the x-rays of your hands through your closed eyes to say it was frightening is an understatement we’re basically used guinea pigs there’s no other word for it the threat of nuclear war hasn’t been this high since the Cold War we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea to better understand this existential danger I want to speak to soldiers who’ve experienced atomic bomb explosions up-close well everyone knows about Hiroshima and Nagasaki few are aware that an additional 2000 atomic bombs were detonated after World War 2 and tested on hundreds of thousands of young soldiers to prepare them for nuclear war most nuclear tests were performed by the United States and Russia but 20,000 British soldiers were also involved these missions were secret and up until recently the veterans weren’t allowed to discuss them only a few of these men are still alive today I’ve been invited to a reunion of atomic veterans in a village near Bristol the veterans have travelled from all over the country to share their experiences I wonder if they’re more concerned about the threat of nuclear war that my generation is as they have experienced the power of these weapons firsthand when I arrived the room is full of old men playing bingo yes it’s hard to imagine that they have seen atomic bombs detonated my name is Peter island so did the area for five years in the Pacific for the locust testing my name is Douglas Hearn when I was 21 years old I was sent to Christmas Island and witnessed five nuclear detonations that was the defining point in my life that governed what my life was going to be like from the moment I saw the first one stood in front of it my name is David were the age of 18 they sent me to the nuclear test site it was a lot a devastation didn’t know anything about it when we went we didn’t know what we were gonna do when we went only to be told it would be testing bombs we were told nothing we knew nothing we were told very little about the day except don’t look at the flesh [Music] he described the day that the nuclear bomb was dropped and just before the Sun comes up we were marshaled in groups we are went out on the aircraft carrier the warrior and we was told to face the stern of the ship the back of the ship we were told to we’ll cover our eyes with our hands will bury your eyes into the group of your arm which we did to say it was frightening is an understatement I think it shocked us all into silence when the flash hit you you could see the x-rays of your hands through your closed eyes it was just sheer brilliant light so I’ve never seen endian glowing it never dad done in the process of her hands up your eyes you saw every bone in your hand if I was looking at you now I would see all your bones you would see all the blood vessels and everything of the bone so long then the heat hit you and that was just as if somebody my size had actually caught fire then walked through me it was an experience that was absolutely unearthing you it was so strange some of the lads would stand up but about 30 on seconds later you’d get the blast and the blasts would not give fly and there were guys with bruises and broken limbs we couldn’t believe here after a while we were told that we can now stand and look up and watch the mushroom fool you caught sight of at the side of it at 90 degrees it was such huge it wasn’t there it wasn’t there it was there it was practically above you all they saw was his rising fireball a colossal fireball is going up and thunder lightning you name it what I noticed was was the clouds moving away like that you know round and round and round I think it was a too much with some of them and some of them were crying and asked for their mom that was awful there was no comprehension that anything like that could even exist if it was immense it’s a sight to see but never want to see it going [Music] over a 10-year test period there were twenty two thousand five hundred personnel in 2013 we estimated that eighteen and a half thousand dollars have died and the reports that I’d seen nobody who died practically of natural causes they all died of leukemias and cancers carcinomas of one sort or the other does this correspond to what radiation does to a human body they’re saying is guys couldn’t have children people’s children suffer for numerous ailments and things that came come out twisted bones in how did it affect you and your children are married when I got back to the UK and my first daughter was born in 1960 and sadly by the time she was 11 she developed a problem which completely changed her appearance she grew humble on her back she was started to grow hair all over a body we had to shave her twice a day she suddenly passed away in my arms my youngest daughter I think is at worst she she’s had everything wrong everything and it’s still going wrong she lost all her teeth same as I did I lost all my teeth within a shield Spicer Tom they all went blank they had cancer my face that came up here you can’t see the scar dunno but it’s only a little pimple but it was cancer and it was also on my back and the other thing that’s devastated me took me a long time to recover from this and I will never forgive the authorities for putting me in this situation I couldn’t have children [Music] how do young people respond to what you experienced first of all we would not allowed to talk about it and it was a good number of years before we’re even allowed to talk about our experience we were never allowed to talk about our duties out there did you after this happened speak about it with your amazed no family no no so don’t want anybody to know what we done and how we done it the veterans say that was sworn to secrecy and couldn’t talk about it until the late 90s not even with their families if they did it would amount to treason and they’d face a prison sentence we are now compassion from anybody we are now help from anybody and we still have very little and for a government to do that to its own people is absolutely disgraceful it’s outrageous does it feel good to now be able to talk about it yeah that helps to do to get over it you’re still getting over it yeah [Music] what would you say to our generation how should we go about this new cure threaten our generation just love that they didn’t work that minute yeah my wife sometimes says two of them the hospital he’s been under two bumps and they think who’s that’s a real fool you know what the Romancing about is being a bomb testing site they have no idea they have no idea right anything I think young people ought to be educated to the events of price in those ten years the owners is now on the young people who are going to take our place to get rid of these weapons because you all know what the people have got to deal with it and the younger generations that come behind you with the right sort of education they will do that hearing about the suffering nuclear weapons have caused the veterans and their families and how they were manipulated and lied to by the government makes me wonder if we’re now even today’s leaders were act more responsibly the veterans say it’s up to the younger generations now but will they take action and can leaders be influenced [Music] [Music]

100 thoughts on “What Does a Nuclear Bomb Explosion Feel Like?

  1. I once thought only Nazi German and Japan use live human as experimental material. Well, instead, these countries used their own soldiers to do the experiment.

  2. one of them says its disgraceful for the government to carry that out on it's own people, as if it was ok to do it on others….fucking animal.

  3. Whole world is stupid…they know that biggest evil and deveil is usa but whole world is behind this country dont know why???

  4. Boooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

  5. I can't even imagine sitting w/ your back to the blast eyes covered up and being able to see through all that as if looking at an xray !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MIND BLOWING for me

  6. Once again, TOTAL betrayal by the cowards of the state. If our so-called leaders – or their offspring – were sent to their manufactured theatres of war, things would be very different.

    Great film, BTW.

  7. Thanks from uruguay! Its amazing to remeber this part of our history, to know how violent and destructive our souls can be, if we don´t materialize our energy in good things to do insted of choosing hate and destruction.

  8. So instead of talking to the Japanese victims who saw death and survived the terrorist bombing and who lost there houses and families and there lives in that tragedy that is caused by Americans, you are interviewing American soldiers to talk about the bombing that they cause ! Brilliant!

  9. I always think and realize that we're fucked we will die in the next 30 years and it's the sad truth. But just try and imagine what these gentlemen went threw the bomb went off and u could see threw ur hands truly terrible and we have no hope maybe the distraction of everyone will some how lead to a brighter future

  10. Why cant the world just be peaceful? Instead countries just want to start war and all, who thought of making a bomb this powerful? Its terrifying

  11. it would feel like your insides are being melted if you didn't die immediately you would most likely slowly and painfully die i imagine

  12. Honestly, I came here thinking "I wish I could see one" and so I wanted to hear what people had to say about it. I wanted to be able to envision what it would look like. And honestly, I don't think I want to anymore. This is really fucked up.

  13. Excuse me, Mr. Hern but you cannot see x-rays penetrating your hand. And your hand does not become transparent because x-rays have penetrated it. That said, I can certainly believe it was terrifying to see.

  14. Thank you for posting this video. It will stay with me for the rest of my life. Sadly those in power, who should heed this message, rather boast about the size of their button. Makes me think of Stanley Kubrick's "Doctor Strangelove"..

  15. These men along with many russian and US troops have suffered so much in the name of nuclear power. These governments are a disgrace

  16. My dad worked on nuclear ordinance. He died of cancer, my sister, who was born during that assignment, has had two separate kinds of cancer, and my mom had thyroid cancer. But the Army tells us it is just coincidence…..

  17. A knife is a personal weapon. A gun/rifle is a semi-personal weapon. A bomb is evil. A nuke is pure and absolute evil. Thousands of people gone in an instant. And those left behind slowly deteriorate and suffer years after.

  18. What's more frightening than a nuclear explosion?

    The staggering number of people who pronounce it "new-cue-ler"

  19. Countries should've been wiser they could've found a cure for cancer, aids etc. Yet they still chose the path of building weapons of mass destruction. One of their reason is defense purposes…

  20. Good also think after the Chernobyl series. Soviet Union wasn't only one holding (deadly) secrets from its people.

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  22. War is unfortunately always going to be a thing, but damn don’t use nukes for fucks sake lol. It’s almost like cheating lol

  23. There is no difference regardless of the stupid government that performed these "experiments". And the U.S. thinks it's so damned open and out front about what they've done–they're no better than Russia. They lied to their soldiers time and time again, including using chemical and biological experiments.

  24. I hope Allah will guide these veterans to go Heaven of Firdaus – a place where you lives happily ever after. The amount of pain, sadness, disappointment, lost & betrayal they going through – nothing in this world can repay their suffering.

    These people were so young to go through such horrendous experience & worst they cant even share it with anyone.

    I hope peace comes to these people where they were no longer in tears. Here & hereafter.

  25. Finaly people realize that the government doesn't Care about human lives. These are the same type of people who taught war is good for nations.

  26. I like how they let you hear the part where Trump says that he will have no choice but to destroy NK, but leave out the part where he's warning Kim to stop launching missiles over countries, scaring the shit out of them.

  27. Even after things like this, sports players who play for fun get paid tens of millions of dollars for playing with a ball when men like these ones don't even get paid a hundredth of what sports players do get.

  28. This is why I don’t want government controlled health care…. Anything government controls, will give them rights to do anything they want to you.

  29. They used them as guinea pigs… tried to say they were “training” them on nuclear attacks. Nope. They just wanted to see what happens if it detonated that close to humans.

  30. We human prepair very well…
    How we gonna finish off our human race…
    In future its gonna happen for sure we human already decide how we will die in future.. its 20,or 30 or 100 years. But will happen we know for sure …

  31. Nothing but utmost respect for these men. They're like kings to me. You see them passing by, you stop what you're doing and you thank them for their service. What they went through, there's no word to describe its brutality.

  32. 2:43 I can see this guy picturing the explosions, and mushroom clouds, as he's talking about it. This is just sad.

  33. The one thing I like about trump is how he flexes that he's got lots of nukes and shows how the US military is stronger than everyone

  34. @11:44, "Makes me wonder if we're naïve to think that today's will act more responsibly…"  Sadly, the answer is no!  The leaders of nations are always going to manipulate (and sacrifice) its citizens lives for the "greater good".  This is NOT a new concept.  Prime example, the human sacrifices (Aztec sacrificial rituals) by Aztec priests, who manipulated its citizens that those rituals were absolutely necessary to appease their gods–that is, for the "greater good–good crop yield or good weather ."

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