DIRECTORAtomic Heritage Foundation
TITLEHanford's Secret Wartime Mission, 1943-1945
DISTRIBUTORElectronic Films, Inc.
RUNNING TIME45 minutes

This film presents the interesting history of the Manhattan Project’s Hanford site, which produced the plutonium for the atomic bomb used on Nagasaki, Japan. From Hanford's inception in 1943 through its role at the start of the Cold War, the film covers a variety of topics from the selection of the site to the successful production of plutonium in the B Reactor. It chronicles the rapid construction of the vast facilities required to deliver the plutonium in time to contribute to the war effort. Archival footage and photos, commentary by historians, first-hand accounts from workers as well as those impacted by operations at the Hanford site, and interviews with retired Hanford personnel, such as DuPont engineer Crawford Greenewalt and Army Colonel Franklin Matthais, reveal many interesting facets of the project. In addition to its presentation of science and engineering, the film also addresses the social environment of the thousands of workers at the site and the plight of citizens, including Native Americans, displaced from the land occupied by the site. It concludes with Hanford’s role in the Cold War and the massive effort to deal with the environmental restoration of the site.The documentary was produced by the Atomic Heritage Foundation.

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