British veterans' long battle for nuclear tests' compensation





The Court of Appeal's decision to deny ex-servicemen compensation for the injuries they say they suffered during Cold War nuclear tests more than 50 years ago, is a setback for the thousands who were watching the test cases anxiously.

More than 1,000 ex-servicemen say their lives were destroyed after the UK carried out a series of nuclear weapons tests in mainland Australia, the Montebello islands off the west Australian coast and on Christmas Island, in the South Pacific, between 1952 and 1958.

The six nuclear tests were carried out against a backdrop of decolonisation and the growing threat of the Cold War, with the UK desperate to establish and show herself as a nuclear power....



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