During the Cold War over 20,000 nuclear veterans served our country in exceptional circumstances - witnessing, sometimes multiple, nuclear weapons' tests - and some in the Megaton range out in Australia and in the Pacific - Christmas Island.
Duties did not just include witnessing detonations, but experiments to check clothing, masks and respirators were suitable for nuclear operations for example by crawling prone through the nuclear dust and through collecting sea and dust samples. In addition, there were many dirty operations at places such as Maralinga where plutonium still contaminates the land. And of course, service personnel were engaged in clear up operations.
My wish as a historian of the Cold War and of Britain's Cold War nuclear weapon's test programme is for the service personnel to obtain the historical recognition they deserve. The veterans associated with the BNTVA have helped me no end with my research. And since we view history from the viewpoint of the present - think of your son or daughter having to go through what they went through...many of the servicemen had no choice, thanks to National Service. Please help me to help with the BNTVA's campaign. Thank you in anticipation.