History of Nuclear Defense

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  • 2010
  • 1 Season

The show History of Nuclear Defense from A2ZCDS is a comprehensive documentary series that delves into the topic of nuclear defense and its evolution over several decades. The series takes the viewers on a journey through the history of nuclear defense starting from the Manhattan Project, which was a secret research project that was undertaken during World War II and laid the groundwork for the development of atomic bomb. The series then examines the various events that sparked the proliferation of nuclear weapons, including the Cold War and various arms races between superpowers.

The show explores in detail the science behind these weapons and how nuclear bombs and missiles are designed to inflict maximum destruction upon cities or even entire countries. It also tackles the issue of nuclear deterrence and the complicated relationship between nuclear weapons and international politics.

Throughout the series, the viewers are taken on a journey through the major events in the history of nuclear defense, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, which is widely considered to be the closest the world ever came to a full-scale nuclear war. The series also explores the rise of international treaties, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, that sought to limit the spread of nuclear weapons.

In addition to examining the political and scientific aspects of nuclear weapons, the series also focuses on the new technologies and defense systems that were developed alongside them, including early warning systems, missile defense shields, and underground bunkers. The show also looks at the role that politicians, scientists, and military strategists played in shaping the development and deployment of nuclear weapons.

One of the most interesting aspects of the series is the way that it explores the impact that nuclear weapons have had on society and culture. The series looks at how these weapons have been portrayed in popular media and how they have sparked a global anti-nuclear movement that still exists today.

Overall, History of Nuclear Defense from A2ZCDS is an excellent documentary series for anyone interested in learning more about the complex and fascinating history of nuclear defense. It explores this topic in depth and provides an insightful look at the many political, scientific, and cultural factors that have shaped this important aspect of modern history.

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A Day Called X
9. A Day Called X
A dramatized evacuation of Portland, Oregon after an atomic attack. Glenn Ford narrates this excellently paced film. It has well thought out tempo and narration. There is a sense of mounting tension as the evacuation gets underway.A well-oiled atomic evacuation plan of Portland, Oregon, in the heyday of nuclear preparedness. The main point of the film is that there is nothing to fear here!
The House in the Middle
8. The House in the Middle
Cleanliness is next to godliness! With this film, atomic tests at the Nevada Proving Grounds show the effects of a blast on well-kept homes, homes filled with trash and combustibles, and homes painted with reflective white paint. It asserts that cleanliness is an essential part of civil defense preparedness and that it increased survivability.
Duck and Cover
7. Duck and Cover
This is the one and only famous civil defense film for children where Burt the Turtle shows what to do in case of atomic attack! It features many similar scenes to the previous track - including lots of images of children huddling against the walls of their school. The turtle makes this by far the least scary of all of the films on the set.
Atomic Alert (Elementary version)
6. Atomic Alert (Elementary version)
A frightening civil defense procedure film aimed at Cold War era elementary school students. We focus on Ted and his little sister Sue, who are home alone when the bomb falls. Sue calmly closes the Venetian blinds before they go crouch in the basement. We see lots of scenes of schoolchildren interrupting their play to huddle against buildings.
Hanford Science Forum
5. Hanford Science Forum
This track is a television program sponsored by General Electric for residents of the Richland, Washington area. There is an interview with Dr. Richard F. Foster, manager of the Aquatic Biology Division at the Hanford plutonium plant. Also featured is an interview with "science student of the week" Doyle Burke, senior at Columbia High School.
The Atom and Biological Science
4. The Atom and Biological Science
Moving on, this track describes some of the biological effects of high-energy radiation on plant and animal cells. It explains how radiation experiments are conducted and demonstrates some of the protective measures required. The film tells us of the many ways the atom is used to benefit agriculture, disease and other pesky problems.
The News Magazine of the Screen
3. The News Magazine of the Screen
This track is a collection of newsreel stories reformatted for classroom presentation. In one, President Auriol of France visits the United States. Another takes you inside the Chalk River atomic plant. Later, General Douglas McArthur returns to the United States, visiting San Francisco and other cities. This film gives you a sense of the history that was going on while people were preparing.
Survival Under Atomic Attack
2. Survival Under Atomic Attack
Next is a film that explains the dangers of the atomic bomb, the effects of radiation, and how to protect oneself if caught in the open or at home. Most of the advice would not be taken seriously today and would only help if you were 30 or 40 miles away from ground zero. Producer: U.S. Office of Civil Defense. Sponsor: U.S. Office of Civil Defense. Year: 1951. Length: 00:08:46. Audio: Mono
1. Our Cities Must Fight
1. 1. Our Cities Must Fight
The first track on the set is a civil defense film admonishing city dwellers to stay and fight in case of enemy invasion, rather than evacuate. It was filmed in New York, with shots of the Holland Tunnel and Penn Station. It suggests that you could help put out fires, clean up debris and aid your neighbor! It also says that radiation only stays in the air for a day or two.
  • Premiere Date
    January 28, 2010