History of Nuclear Defense: Surviving Atomic Attack

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  • 1969
  • 1 Season

As you go through this incredible series, you will be amazed at some of the advice the government provided to Americans. At one point the newsreel advises that if your house and yard are kept as clean as possible you will have a greater chance of surviving a nuclear blast! What is fascinating about these films is how incredibly naïve we all were about the dangers the world was facing.

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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
Our Cities Must Fight
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.
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As you go through this incredible series, you will be amazed at some of the advice the government provided to Americans. At one point the newsreel advises that if your house and yard are kept as clean as possible you will have a greater chance of surviving a nuclear blast! What is fascinating about these films is how incredibly naïve we all were about the dangers the world was facing.

History of Nuclear Defense: Surviving Atomic Attack is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (9 episodes). The series first aired on .

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