Sue Roff

Articles by Sue Roff

3 October 2012

UK nuclear veterans timed out?

Sue Roff

Sixty years ago, on October 3, 1952, Britain became an atomic power. More than 22,000 UK servicemen and a handful of women participated in British nuclear tests in the 1950s. There were another 10,000 or so participants who hailed from Commonwealth countries, especially Australia, which was home to the first three test sites, the Monte Bello Islands off the country's northwest coast, Emu Field on the mainland in South Australia, and the thinly populated Maralinga area of South Australia.