By Lorna Arnold;Mark Smith

Britain, Australia and the Bomb tells the tale of the original partnership among the 2 international locations to improve nuclear guns within the Forties and Fifties. This new version comprises clean facts concerning the guns lower than improvement, the results of the checks on members, and the hot clean-up of the trying out range.

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Marley, Harwell’s chief radiological expert, who had been at Los Alamos. 06 r to important organs). The second, the ‘lower integrated dose’ of 3 r (gamma), was allowed only if necessary to ensure smooth working, and with the radiological safety officer’s permission. Anyone receiving a dose at this limit would not be exposed to radiation again during the operation. The third, the ‘higher integrated dose’ of 10 r (gamma), was for use in cases of extreme urgency in order to recover vital records that might otherwise be lost; it required the express approval of the task force commander (who would be advised by the scientific director and the health physics adviser).

The expedition carried no spare men, and it was lucky that there were no serious accidents or illness. One junior assistant was responsible for maintaining all the batteries on which much of the field equipment on the islands depended – ‘no batteries, no trial’ – and when he proved unsuitable, a replacement was hard to find. All was ready for scientific rehearsals on 12 and 13 September and a full rehearsal on 18 September. Staff movements were planned in detail, boat schedules drafted and mustering lists prepared, for everyone and everything had to be in exactly the right place at the right time.

The Australians were understandably dissatisfied; after all, the British were using their territory and were dependent on them. Eventually the British authorities invited the Australian Defence scientific adviser, Professor L. H. Martin, as well as Titterton; later, W. A. S. Butement was included. Accommodation was scarce, and all of them would not only observe but make themselves useful. 20 So, contrary to public expectations, Oliphant was not invited to Hurricane or any of the subsequent tests, and the Australian government did not ask him to serve on its Atomic Weapons Tests Safety Committee (AWTSC).

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