AUTHOROulton, Wilfrid E.
TITLEChristmas Island Cracker: An Account of the Planning and Execution of the British Thermo-Nuclear Bomb Tests 1957
PUBLISHERThomas Harmsworth Publishing
CITYLondon, England

This book details the British thermo-nuclear tests at Christmas Island and Malden Island in the South Pacific from a managerial perspective. Part of the book is devoted to the planning and logistical concerns of rapidly creating military installations on the islands in 1956, including mundane aspects such as attire and mess hall arrangements. Additionally, author Wilfrid Oulton features the particulars of living on a coral island during the time leading up to the tests. In the final chapters, Oulton covers several Operation ‘Grapple’ tests at Malden and Christmas Islands. The book includes interspersed sections of photographs that supplement the text. Oulton was task force commander for Operation ‘Grapple.’

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