History Of Nuclear Weapons – General

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Policy, An Oral History, Part 1 – This 4 hour documentary film (in two parts) from Sandia National Labs explores the origins of United States strategic nuclear policy and how it evolved.

U.S. Strategic Nuclear Policy, An Oral History, Part 2 – This 4 hour documentary film (in two parts) from Sandia National Labs explores the origins of United States strategic nuclear policy and how it evolved.

The Bomb: A Nuclear Weapons Documentary – This two hour video documentary provides a good overview of the history of nuclear weapons development.

The Atomic Bomb: Crash Course History – This video by the excellent YouTube educational video producers CrashCourse offers a quick engaging look at the history of the development of nuclear weapons.

History Of Nuclear Weapons 1980s

The Damascus Arkansas Titan Missile Explosion – In September 1980 a simple mistake by a crewman working in a missile silo at Damascus Arkansas caused a liquid fuel explosion which ejected the ICBM and it’s attached 9 megaton nuclear bomb from the silo.

Stanislav Petrov – The Man Who Saved The World – In September of 1983 the world was saved from nuclear war by a Soviet officer who successfully detected a false alarm in the Soviet early warning system.

History Of Nuclear Weapons 1960s

The Missiles of October: What the World Didn’t Know – This 90 minute video narrated by Peter Jennings of ABC seemed to be the best video about the Cuban Missile Crisis on Youtube. This crucial historic event is explored in detail using interviews with participants on both sides of the conflict.

The Cuban Missile Crisis by the History Channel – This 47 minute video by the History Channel covers the Cuban Missile Crisis in detail.

Cold War Documentary: Cuba(1959-1962) – This 45 minute video tells the Cuban part of the Cold War story during the period of 1959-1962.

Nikita Khrushchev – The Man Behind the Cuban Missile Crisis – This 30 minute video tells the story of Nikita Khrushchev, the Russian leader of the fifties and early sixties who decided to install Russian nuclear missiles in Cuba, a roll of the geo-political dice which led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

JFK on the Cuban Missile Crisis – 1962 – This video shows the speech President Kennedy gave to the American people regarding the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Buzz One Four B-52 Crash – In 1964 a B-52 carrying two nuclear weapons broke apart in a storm and crashed about 100 miles from Washington D.C.

The Day We Dropped Nukes On North Carolina –  In 1961 a B-52 broke up in flight over North Carolina accidentally releasing nuclear bombs that almost detonated.

History Of Nuclear Weapons 1950s

Britain’s Nuclear Bomb – The Inside Story – This hour long video tells the story of how Britain became a nuclear weapons power.

The First Lost Nuke – In February 1950 a Convair B-36B bomber jettisoned the nuclear weapon it was carrying when the plane’s engines caught on fire. This was the first lost nuke incident in history.

The Lost Nuclear Weapon Near Savannah Georgia – A lost nuclear bomb has been in the ocean off Savannah Georgia since 1958.

History Of Nuclear Weapons 1940s

The Nazi Atomic Bomb Program – This 45 minute History Channel documentary explores German research in to nuclear weapons development, a key motivating factor for the U.S. Manhattan Project.

Russia’s First Nuclear Weapon – This video tells the story of how a Russia devastated by Nazi invasion managed to develop their own nuclear weapon only a few years after the Americans.

Stealing The Atomic Bomb – This hour long video tells the story of how Russian espionage succeeded in stealing American secrets of how to construct a nuclear weapon.

The Moment In Time: History Of The Manhattan Project – This hour long video provides an overview of the Manhattan Project, the secret WWII American research project which developed the first nuclear weapons.

Robert Oppenheimer – Robert Oppenheimer led the scientific team at the Los Alamos Laboratory which developed the world’s first nuclear weapons during WWII.