We’re not talking about the Cattle Country Jamboree.
Archie Pennie, 93, a one-time RCAF pilot and now tells us about “Operation Snowball,” the largest man-made, non-accidental explosion to occur in Canada:
in 1964, Canada, Australia, Britain and the U.S. set off 500 tons of TNT — 1/15th the size of the Hiroshima explosion —in Suffield, Alta. — to study the physical effects of a large-scale nuclear blast. The detonation, Pennie recalls, left a crater, 70 metres across and 10 metres deep, that U.S. astronauts used for training.*
Speaking of CFB Suffield, we continue to learn of top secret military experiments which have occurred here since the land was first expropriated from area residents in June of 1941. Here is another recent article outlining an experiment which took place at Suffield during the latter stages of the Second World War:
Britain came close to dropping poisoned darts on German troops
A note from January 25, 1945, headed The Use of Poisoned Darts from the Air, said: “It is recommended that earnest consideration be given to possible utility of darts with a view to deciding whether development and exploration of this project should not be continued and intensified.”
Listed as “Top Secret”, it was written by an official from Porton Down, in Salisbury, which was then a government research centre for chemical and biological weapons. Scientists were working on the initiative with their counterparts at Suffield, a similar site in Canada.
According to the article “[r]ecords show that they were tested on sheep and goats in Canada to establish the effectiveness of dropping the projectiles from high and low altitudes.”
It sounds like a number of our four legged friends have given their lives at Suffield in the name of King and Country over the years.