Nuclear Weapons: History, Technology, and Consequences in Historic Documents, Photos, and Videos
Trinity Atomic Test July 16, 1945
The effects could well be called unprecedented, magnificent, beautiful, stupendous and terrifying. No man-made phenomenon of such tremendous power had ever occurred before.
General Thomas Farrell, Deputy to Gen. Leslie Groves
I am become Death, the Destroyer of Worlds.
Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer, Director of Los Alamos
Now we are all sons-of-bitches.
Dr. Kenneth Bainbridge, Director of Trinity Test
This is Gen. Leslie Groves report to the Secretary of War about the Trinity Test (now declassified). It has more information than the following press release and includes observations by Gen. Thomas Farrell and an officer at the Alamogordo Air Base.
This press release gives a dramatic account of the events surrounding the Trinity Atomic Test. Statements from Gen. Leslie Groves and Gen. Thomas Farrell are included.
Project Trinity (180kb)
by Carl Maag and Steve Rohrer, Defense Nuclear Agency, DNA 6028F, 1982.
This document gives an overview of events at the Trinity Test and describes the radiological safety measures taken to protect the participants
Trinity Explosion in real time
This was filmed by Berlyn Brixner from the North Shelter at a distance of 10,000 yards.
(160 x 120 QuickTime, 1.4 MB)
Trinity Fireball in high-speed close-up
This is a 30 frame-per-second capture of the film shot from 10,000 yd. Step through it as single frames to see the development of the fireball until it begins to lift of the ground.
(160 x 120 QuickTime, 880 KB)
Photographs and Maps
The photos presented here are provided through the courtesy of the U.S. Army White Sands Missile Range Public Affairs Office and the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Detailed Map of Trinity Site in 1945
Trinity Site Base Camp
10 miles from Ground Zero. (206k)
Jumbo was built to contain a misfire. (187k)
McDonald Ranch House
Where the plutonium core was assembled. (102k)
Lifting the Gadget
The Gadget was lifted onto the 100-foot tower. (222k)
Norris Bradbury and the Gadget in the tower. (228k)
Trinity Explosion at 10 seconds
The atomic mushroom cloud. (147k)
Crater at Ground Zero
Oppenheimer and Groves at Ground Zero in September, 1945. (203k)