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Nuclear Attack Preparations In The 60's  
User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 1765 times:

How did you expect to survive a nuclear attack on the UK in the sixties? With a stiff upper lip it would appear. Details have been released of how the government would have informed the public of what to do and what was expected from them.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3572655.stm

Everything seemed so simple!

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User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 1761 times:

What was the government supposed to do? The truth is, a nuclear attack would lead to nuclear war leading to most people in Britain being said. Had the public been told this explicitly by government, there would have been panic.

User currently offlineSaintsman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 2065 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1751 times:

I understand what you are saying, but do you think that we would accept that sort of information today?

Maybe people are a bit more informed these days? Even so I doubt many can grasp the fact that millions would have died.



User currently offlineZak From Greenland, joined Sep 2003, 1993 posts, RR: 8
Reply 3, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1746 times:

this thread reminds me of ABC/NBC training in bootcamp.
it was really ridiculous, i remember when i did the instructions to people later on i couldnt ever do it without a grin.
you'd tell people to put on a gas mask and throw over a poncho and kneel on the ground in a ditch or put on the flimsy overgarment full protective suit that needs replacement every 20 hours, and then prepare to reestablish combat readiness if conditions permit.
of course some of the measures are better then nothing, but some of the things really belong to the area of comedy and not survival.



10=2
User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1743 times:

Anybody remember Protect and Survive in the late seventies/early eighties? Those frankly terrifying cartoons that showed how to stay alive (yeah right  Insane )in a nuclear attack?

Almost ruined my childhood, they did.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 5, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 1739 times:

"Do not forget your pets."

Oh jees, theres a nuclear attack, WHERES FLUFFY!!!!!


-
Alex



One Life, Live it.
User currently offlineGDB From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 13229 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1717 times:

Then acclaimed film maker Peter Watkins had to go and make a then realistic film about the effect on the UK of a nuclear attack, 'The War Game'.
The BBC got cold feet in 1965, and did not show it.
Eventually it was, 20 years later, after the BBC had made and shown an updated version, 'Threads'.
This later film, about the lives of several families in Sheffield in the build up to, and aftermath of a nuclear exchange, projected life afterwards in a poisoned nation suffering from nuclear winter and living at subsistence levels, certainly blew the slightly earlier US version, 'The Day After' out of the water.


User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Duck... and cover!

There's little that can be done to survive a surprise attack with nuclear weapons, and no evacuating tens of millions of citizens (where to anyway???) if one were expected to start.

Indeed not informing the general population would be best to avoid panic so at least some people may survive...



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8726 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

This reminds me of one particular short "survival" clip:

"There was a turtle by the name of Burt,
and Burt the Turtle was very alert.
When danger threatened him, he never got hurt;
he knew just what to do.
He'd duck and cover, duck and cover..."

Narrator: You and I don't have shells to crawl into, like Burt the Turtle, so we have to cover up in our own way. Paul and Patty know this. No matter where they go or what they do, they always remember what to do if the atom bomb explodes right then.

"It's a bomb! Duck and cover!"

Here's Tony going to his Cub Scout meeting. Tony knows that the bomb can explode any time of the year - day or night. "Duck and cover!" Atta boy, Tony. That flash means "act fast!"

"Duck and cover, duck and cover. He did what we all must learn to do; you and you and you and you. You and you and you and you - duck and cover! Remember what to do, friends... DUCK AND COVER!"



Walk together, talk together all ye peoples of the earth. Then, and only then, shall ye have peace.
User currently offlineUSAFHummer From United States of America, joined May 2000, 10685 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

My mom used to tell me stories of nuclear attack drills in elementary and secondary schools (she grew up about 25-30 miles or so from New York City) which consisted of ducking under their desks...not exactly the most effective measure but what else could be done?

Greg



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User currently offlineNorth County From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 712 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1685 times:



Our family construction company built quite a few bomb shelters in the San Diego area in the 60's and 70's.

They make for a great wine cellar now I have been told...

Not even one phone call about building a new bomb shelter since the late 1980's - Have to blame Reagan for that drop in business!

Thank God were are able to joke about this today...and our kids don't have to worry about a nuclear winter.





User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

My mom used to tell me stories of nuclear attack drills in elementary and secondary schools (she grew up about 25-30 miles or so from New York City) which consisted of ducking under their desks...not exactly the most effective measure but what else could be done?

What was the person who thought that hiding under desks help at all in a nuclear blast smoking?



Snakes on a Plane!
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1681 times:

The US government is still at its propaganda.

http://www.idlewords.com/nuclear_blast.htm

The real version:

http://www.ready.gov/nuclear_visual.html



But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1677 times:

What was the person who thought that hiding under desks help at all in a nuclear blast smoking?

Nothing at all. It was not meant so much as to teach people what could save as them as much as to keep them alert.
Nothing like having everyone thinking they're helping along to make people stand united.

And of course ducking under tables could help a bit against blast, especially at a good distance where there might be flying glass and wood but no collapsing buildings.

And staying low might well prevent burns, keeping a low profile means less of the body is exposed to radiation as well.
Might not matter to people close to the explosion, but a few miles away is a different story.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineRedngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 44
Reply 14, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1650 times:

Duck and cover = longer, lingering death from radiation sickness. I'd rather die instantly.


Up, up and away!
User currently offlineJessman From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1506 posts, RR: 7
Reply 15, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1644 times:

Jwenting is correct. If you are very close to the blast there is NO time to react. You are dead. BUT if you are far enough away that you see a flash and have time to get under a table or desk if the shockwave just breaks glass or makes ceiling tiles fall you may be OK. The radioactive fallout will kill you if you get enough exposure to it. Maybe someone will develop a cure for radiation poisoning. Maybe there is already one in the works. Staying alive buys you time. Hope is very powerful, and people have been know to survive things that they shouldn't. So duck and cover. Maybe it'll save you. Maybe it won't. In either case it gives you hope

User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 16, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1639 times:

There was a book written about a town in Florida's survival after a fictional nuclear war. It was Alas Babylon (I can't remember who wrote it). It takes place in the 50s.


War Eagle!
User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (10 years 6 months 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 1635 times:

When I went to grade school in NYC, we used to have "shelter drills" just in case the Soviets fire a nuclear ICBM at us. Well, the drill was to report to the hallway outside the room, squeeze into a ball and over you head and neck. Never understood the logic in that since a nuke strike will blow your ass off in no time flat, which I would rather have then die of radiation poisoning.


Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
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