At 5:30 a.m. on July 16, 1945, something important happened in Alamogordo, New Mexico. At the White Sands Missile Range, which was called the White Sands Proving Ground at the time, there was a harmless stretch of desert. But that same stretch of desert wasn’t always going to be safe. Today, it’s a real piece of history.
It was code-named “Trinity,” and the first atomic bomb test was done there. It was the result of years of secret work to make the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. J. Robert Oppenheimer, a brilliant physicist who lived from 1904 to 1967, was in charge of the Manhattan Project and hired thousands of people to work on it. Even the people who worked on the program were surprised by how destructive the atomic bomb was. It turns out that they didn’t know exactly what would happen when the bomb went off. They found out quickly.
On the floor of the desert, a 340-foot-wide crater was made.
When the desert sand melted, it turned into a green glass that was radioactive and was called trinitite. The explosion, which was the same as 19 tons of TNT going off at once, could be felt more than 200 miles away, and the flash that lit up the early morning sky could be seen in most of New Mexico. To keep the explosion of the device a secret, the military told the press and people in the area that “a remote ammunitions magazine containing a lot of high explosives and pyrotechnics exploded” and that “no one lost their life or limbs.”
The test went better than the project team could have imagined, so the next step was to use the threat of the bomb’s awesome power to end the Second World War. On May 8, 1945, all of the fighting in Europe was over. But it was a problem that the war was still very bad in the Pacific Theater. Since it was likely that fighting the Japanese in the usual way would cost the Allies a lot of lives, the U.S. military decided to do something else. On July 26, 1945, Japan was told in no uncertain terms that if it did not surrender, it would be “immediately and completely destroyed.”
They were scary words that the Japanese didn’t listen to, and it cost them. When Japanese forces kept fighting and just didn’t care about the threat, a plan was made to end the war in a way that made people shiver and hit the ground. On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb called “Little Boy” blew up the city of Hiroshima in Japan. Three days later, the same thing happened to the city of Nagasaki, which was called Fat Man.
Japan gave up when it looked like its country would be systematically wiped off the face of the earth. The number of people who died was very high. It was thought that more than a quarter of a million people died in both cities.
The fact that the atomic bomb has never been used in a war again shows how powerful and destructive it is, not to mention how much fear it causes. But could atomic weapons have been used before the Trinity test and the Japanese attacks? It’s hard to believe, but it’s possible that such weapons were used by advanced civilizations thousands of years ago that we now only know about from stories, myths, and folklore.
In a report called “Physical Evidence of Ancient Atomic Wars Can Be Found All Over the World,” which can be found on the website Message to Eagle, it is said that in the early 1950s, the U.S.
Vimanas proof of ancient nuclear war?
You might ask, “What were Vimanas?” They were amazing ships with powerful weapons that could fly into the sky and destroy whole cities. In an 1881 lecture in Allahabad, Colonel Henry S. Olcott, one of the founders of the Theosophical Society along with Helena Blavatsky and William Quan Judge, talked about how the people of ancient India had such amazing technology. He said that the ancient Hindus could not only fly, but also fight battles in the air, like war eagles fighting for control of the clouds. To be so good at aeronautics, they must have known all the arts and sciences related to it, such as the layers and currents of the atmosphere and the relative temperature, humidity, density, and specific gravity of the different gases.In “Hindu Wisdom—Vimanas,” written by Professor Ramchandra Dikshitar of Madras University, he said the same thing:
India’s contribution to the science of aeronautics is the most interesting question about the world right now. There are many examples of how well and beautifully the ancient Indians mastered the air in our vast Puranic and epic literature.
We may never know for sure if, in the distant past, a civilization similar to ours—or, perhaps more likely, a localized group of advanced people—developed atomic energy, used it to make weapons, and then almost completely wiped themselves out, leaving only stories and legends about them. One strange and scary thing, though, connects all of these stories from long ago to what happened at the Trinity site in Alamogordo, New Mexico, in the summer of 1945.
It turned out that J. Robert Oppenheimer was almost obsessed with the same ancient texts that seem to have a lot in common with the events that led to the end of the Second World War. Only two days before the Trinity test, Oppenheimer had to read the following passage from the Mahabharata’s Bhagavad-Gita, which is a big part of the text.
“In battle, in the forest, on the edge of a mountain, on the dark, great sea, in the midst of javelins and arrows, in sleep, in confusion, in the depths of shame, a man’s good deeds from the past will defend him,” says the key section in question.
After the test and the bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Oppenheimer came to see what he had made as the worst nightmare ever.