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THE LAYOUT OF THIS BLOG IS ODD THE VARIOUS POSTS YOU WILL SEE ARE SEMI PERMANENT MOSTLY THE FILMS,THE MONTHLY POSTINGS ARE LOCATED MID WAY DOWN AS YOU SCROLL TOWARDS THE BOTTOM, USE THE DIRECTORY OF POSTS TO FIND A PARTICULAR POST AND IT WILL BE FOUND MIDWAY DOWN AS YOU SCROLL DOWN TOWARDS THE PERMANENT DECLASSIFIED ATOMIC FILM COLLECTION. IT IS A LITTLE DIFFICULT TO NAVIGATE BUT THERE ARE HUNDREDS OF POSTS ON LOCAL NEW YORK / LONG ISLAND ATOMIC HISTORY LOTS OF ATOMIC AGE ART AND PROPAGANDA, NEVER SEEN ATOMIC KITSCH AND MORE! BE PATIENT, USE THE POST DIRECTORY, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM TO SEE IT ALL AND YOU WILL BE REWARDED WITH A TRIP UNDERGROUND IN FALLOUT SHELTER NYC , AND PLEASE FEEL FREE TO LEAVE COMMENTS, ENJOY, SHELTER WARDEN0910
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Wednesday, March 2, 2016
A LITTLE TASTE OF A NEW YORK CITY MOST OF US NEVER SAW AND PROBABLY CAN NOT IMAGINE. THE THOUGHT OF NEW YORKERS FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS TO CLEAR THE STREETS AND FIND SHELTER FROM A HYPOTHETICAL ATOMIC ATTACK IS MINDBLOWING BUT THE TRUTH IS THE AVERAGE GOTHAM RESIDENT WAS SCARED TO DEATH OF SOVIET BOMBERS ON THE HORIZON LADEN WITH ATOMIC BOMBS. THIS WAS ONLY NINE YEARS POST HIROSHIMA AND FALLOUT SHELTERS WERE YEARS AWAY "AIR RAID SHELTERS" WERE WHAT THEY WERE CALLED USUALLY A PARKING GARAGE OR A SUBWAY STATION. FINDING ONE WAS FAIRLY EASY NO YELLOW AND BLACK GOTHIC LOOKING FALLOUT SHELTER SIGN JUST A WHITE AND BLACK BOMB SHELTER SIGN A VERY VERY RARE FIND ON NEW YORK CITY STREETS TODAY, I ALMOST SNAGGED ONE 10 YEARS AGO IN MIDTOWN JUST HANGING OVER A FREIGHT ENTRANCE, I DID THE UNTHINKABLE AND ASKED THE BUILDING OWNER FOR THE SIGN AND UPON LEARNING OF IT HE PROMPTLY TOLD ME BUZZ OFF AND TOOK IT FOR HIMSELF WHILE A HANDYMAN SHOOK HIS HEAD AND SAID "YOU SHOULDA SLIPPED ME FIVE BUCKS AND IT WOULDA BEEN YOURS....." SADLY.....I NEVER CAME ACROSS ANOTHER .
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
OPERATIONS IN PUBLIC SHELTERS
Office of Civil Defense
Beginning in 1961, architects and engineers across the United States set out to inspect thousands of buildings which could potentially serve as public fallout shelter spaces. This project, known as the National Fallout Shelter Survey, culminated with the marking and stocking of many suitable locations. Once the signs and supplies were in place, however, the Office of Civil Defense often left subsequent administerial responsibilities to local officials. Federal programs still sought to train local shelter managers by creating a body of films and literature designed to examine each phase of a shelter stay. This “shelter living” material frequently stressed absolute reliance on bureaucratic procedures implemented long before any emergency. Instinctive following of these procedures, it was expected, would allow for calm attitudes to suppress the chaos which would no doubt ensue after an enemy attack. Few films demonstrate this principle better than the 1963 OCD production Operations in Public Shelters.
Operations in Public Shelters follows an impromptu leader, Gary Bates, as he gradually gains control over the hectic situation unfolding in his local shelter. Opening in the immediate aftermath of a nuclear exchange, citizens mill in panic, crowding the entrance of Public Shelter 126. Those inside fare little better, as shelter manager Bill Floyd is among the dead and his deputy, Bates, must assume command. This scenario is addressed briefly in the 1963 filmPlanning for Public Shelter Entry, which notes the existence of special paperwork to be completed should the shelter manager fail to survive. Bates instead reacts with frustration, trying to shirk his duty while shouting with other occupants. The opening minutes of the film are frantic, with infants crying, phones ringing, and refugees shuffling aimlessly. Bates reluctantly accepts his role, pressing the fact he was out of town when the shelter protocols were designed. Fortunately, however, his communications operator patiently explains the shelter was established in accordance with uniform federal guidelines. "We set up by the book, you shouldn't have any problem!"
Bates faces several immediate problems, rising temperatures, a lack of food for infants, and fallout quickly accumulating on the Western edge of town. Examining the shelter operations
plan, prepared by volunteers in peacetime, Bates is able to form a radiological monitoring team to retrieve infant formula and additional supplies. Through a similar reliance on bureaucratic methods, a detailed shelter schedule is devised, along with a food service system, and information/moral procedures. The film also focuses on Bates' ability to assign shelter jobs in accordance with occupants' skill sets. A handyman with a thick accent, for example, is able to use his plumbing skills to retrieve extra water, while those with craft skills fashion privacy curtains to surround a makeshift commode. Also offering his assistance is Gil Thompson, Shelter 126's enthusiastic health and sanitation manager. Gil is played by a young Anthony Zerbe, a prolific actor who would later appear in films such as The Omega Man and Rooster Cogburn. As the days go by, reports filter in from a local command center urging local populations to remain sheltered. Bates turns this potential demoralizing peice of news into a challenge he and the shelter occupants strive to meet. "We'll do it! We'll use training, recreation, useful work, and special activities to make shelter living more acceptable!"
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
In Time of Emergency
Office of Civil Defense
One way to view American civil defense is as a series of informational campaigns, each lasting a few years and each having the same overall goal of preparedness. The 1950's, for example, saw Alert America in the early part of the decade and Operation Alert in the latter years. Both were nationwide efforts to enlist volunteers and were supported by films, posters, air raid drills, and traveling displays. This pattern would continue into the 1970's with the Your Chance to Live program, which used everyday disasters to remind viewers of the importance of emergency planning. Nestled in between was the In Time of Emergency campaign, principally embodied through lengthy pamphlets of the same name released in March of 1968. From the outset, government officials sought to connect civil defense planning with preparation for natural disasters. While 95% of the publication is devoted to fallout protection and planning for an atomic attack, the final pages explain how the same procedures will help in case of blizzard, conventional fire, earthquake, and hurricanes. To supplement the pamphlet, an LP was released which highlighted the atomic aspect but neglected the conventional disasters. Similarly, a film was created in 1969 which featured a prologue by the Office of Civil Defense director John E. Davis who briefly mentions natural disasters, though the rest of film focuses on home fallout protection and the responsibilities of living in the nuclear age.
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John Davis opens the film by stating its true purpose. "Many thousands of disasters hit the United States each year, that's more than fifty disasters per day! But even the greatest natural disaster we could imagine would be dwarfed in loss of life and property in the event of a nuclear attack. Our purpose in civil defense is to protect you, so you can protect yourself in time of emergency." The protection Davis speaks of is symbolized by the fallout shelter signs dotting America cities. The National Fallout Shelter Program began with great fanfare during the Kennedy administration, though by the late 1960's its publicity had declined significantly. Still, shelter spaces which had been surveyed and deemed appropriately secure, received federally funded supplies in 1969 and beyond. Fallout protection was being encouraged in new buildings as well. This is important, the narrator explains, because while only 5% of the United States would likely fall victim to the blast and heat of a bomb, the entire landmass could be covered with fallout. Is fallout protection a priority for most people? "There are of course those that give up, that feel there is no hope for surviving a nuclear attack, that speak of it as an absolute end. As the Cuban crisis showed us, however, this kind of talk is . . . just talk. Most people will seek some sort of protection."
"Well, this protection is here now." Ample shelter space developed across the nation in apartment buildings, businesses, office spaces, and shopping centers, however, civil defense planners were ever weary of a shelter shortage in the suburbs, where much of the population retired each night. The solution to this problem began with a homeowners' survey. Delivered in the mail, the survey provided a questionnaire, asking Americans to consider home construction details believed to benefit the occupants in time of nuclear emergency. If the homes themselves were found to offer suitable fallout protection, then further reading was recommended to instruct families on how to turn sturdy corners of their basements into personal shelter spaces. If caught unprepared, the average family could improvise a shelter out of bookshelves, heavy furniture and even dirt from the garden if necessary. While these improvised measures of home protection would reduce the danger of fallout, In Time of Emergency emphasizes they should only be utilized as last moment solutions. As the film explains, an average family's best chance for survival lay in finding the nearest public shelter, marked and stocked by the government across the country. Supplied with vital water, medical, and food supplies, the shelters were also to have trained management staffs. "Even so, shelter life would be spartan. None of the comforts of home!"
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
ONE OF THE MOST SERIOUS FILMS EVER MADE ON THE SUBJECT OF ATOMIC WAR,THE "WAR GAME" I HAVE DECIDED TO ADD THIS FILM TO MY BLOG. THE MOVIE IS PERHAPS THE BEST I HAVE EVER SEEN ON ATOMIC WAR AND LEFT FEELING DRAINED AFTER WATCHING THIS, ITS NOT THREADS OR THE DAY AFTER NOR IS IT A 1950s CIVIL DEFENSE SURVIVAL MOVIE IT IS AN ACCURATE FILM THAT WAS SO REALISTIC AND DEPRESSED ENOUGH FILM CRITICS IT WAS BANNED. I HAD SEARCHED FOR YEARS FOR A COPY BEFORE STUMBLING UPON A VHS COPY AND THEN IT TOOK A COUPLE YEARS TO FIND A VHS PLAYER (just kidding) AFTER WATCHING IT I NEVER FOUND A FILM OF THE SAME CALIBER THIS FILM STANDS ALONE AND TO ME IS A MASTERPIECE SO PLEASE WATCH THIS FILM IN ITS ENTIRETY, NEVER MIND THE RADICAL HIPSTERS WHO AT THE BEGINNING INTRODUCE THE FILM THROUGH THEIR CABLE ACCESS SHOW
Peter Watkins' film "The
Peter Watkins' film "The
War Game," a graphic portrayal of what would happen in the event
of a nuclear attack on Great Britain. The movie was so powerful
and realistic that the BBC banned it from TV despite the fact
that the film had been commissioned by the BBC and had won an
Academy Award in l966 for best documentary. Although it has been
shown in a few movie theatres in the US, it has not been
presented on TV. "The War Game" is shocking, but is not
sensationalized. It was carefully researched and based on actual
events which occurred in World War II during and after the mass
Allied raids on Germany and the atomic bombings of Japan.
Made in black-and-white with a running time of just under 50 minutes, The War Game depicts the prelude to and the immediate weeks of the aftermath to a Soviet nuclear attack against Britain. A Chinese invasion of South Vietnam starts the war; tensions escalate when the United States authorises tactical nuclear warfare against the Chinese. Although the Soviet and East German forces threaten to invade West Berlin if the US does not withdraw that decision, the US does not acquiesce to Communist demands and occupies West Berlin; two US Army divisions attempt to fight their way into Berlin, but the Russian and East German forces defeat them in battle. The US President launches a pre-emptive, NATO tactical nuclear attack. A limited nuclear war erupts between the West and the East; missiles strike Britain.
The chaos of the prelude to the attack, as city residents are forcibly evacuated to the country, leads to the story's centre in Rochester, which is struck by an off-target missile aimed at Gatwick Airport. Key targets in Kent are RAF Manston and the Maidstone barracks, which are mentioned in scenes showing immediate effects of the attack. The results of that missile's explosion are the instant flash blindness of those who see the explosion, the resultant firestorm caused by the heat wave, and the blast front; later, the collapse of society occurs because of radiation sickness and exhaustion of medical supplies, psychological damage and consequent escalating suicides, and destroyed infrastructure; the British Army burns corpses, while police shoot looters during food riots. The film ends bleakly on the first Christmas Day after the nuclear war, held in a ruined church with a disheveled vicar who futilely attempts to provide hope to his traumatised and injured congregation and concludes with an instrumental version of the hymn Silent Night playing over the closing credits.
Monday, September 1, 2014
NYC BOMBED OUT AT 23rd and BROADWAY WITH THE GRIM REAPER HOVERING ABOVE NYC. THESE CARDS DONE AFTER THE SOVIETS TESTED JOE 1 THEIR FIRST ATOMIC WEAPON SO ACROSS AMERICA THE RED SCARE WAS ON THE ROSENBERG ESPIONAGE TRIAL AND DEATH SENTENCE THE RED HUNT AND BLACKLISTING OF MANY OF HOLLYWOODS STARS A LOT OF PERCIEVED SOVIET THREATS WERE IMAGINED NON STOP. COMMUNISM WAS BEHIND EVERY THREAT AGAINST AMERICA AND THE BEST WAY WAS TO ENSURE THIS WAS TAKEN CARE OF CARDS LIKE THE"RED MENACE" WERE MADE SO KIDS COULD SEE AND READ ABOUT THESE ENEMIES THAT WOULD ATTACK US AND KILL US FOR NO REASON AND DROP ATOMIC BOMBS ON OUR COUNTRY. THE SAME KIDS WHO GOT THE PATRIOTIC MESSAGE WERE MOST LIKELY THE FIRST TO ENLIST TO FIGHT COMMUNISM IN VIETNAM .
Bowman Gum Inc. released their Red Menace card set in 1951. There are 48 cards in the set, each measuring 2-1/2" by 3-1/8".
The meaning behind Bowman's grim & gritty Red Menace card set is clear: Communists are lurking just around the corner, ready to spread death and destruction and totalitarianism if they ever get the chance. This is heavy stuff, but for kids of the immediate postwar period, it was just part & parcel of the time.
The Red Menace cards depict various horrific and terrible scenes: mushroom clouds over bombed-out cities, not to mention giant hovering wraiths; citizens being harassed or even shot by grim-faced military officers; homes being searched for anti-Communist propaganda; and more. The obviously jingoistic and sensationalist images (not to mention the text on the backs of the cards!) was heavy stuff, but it wasn't that much worse than much Cold War propaganda being fed to Americans - even kids - during the 1950's. And, who's to say it wasn't accurate: after all, Communist takeovers around the world were indeed brutal.
The card fronts offer a piece of color artwork surrounded by a white border. The card backs (in dark blue and red ink against a white background, no less) give the words CHILDREN'S CRUSADE AGAINST COMMUNISM along the top, followed by the card number and title, then a block of (lurid) text. At the bottom was the phrase FIGHT THE RED MENACE between two stars, and the Bowman copyright matter at the bottom.
Additional cards in the set offered American generals and even personages such as Chairman Mao in portraits; but most of the photos were downright pandering in their depiction of violence
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
1954-1956 POST No.2 NATIONAL ATTACK DRILL OPERATION ALERT NYC FOOTAGE, AND RARE NYC CONELRAD RADIO BROADCAST
In 1954, the United States Federal Civil Defense Agency instituted an exercise called Operation Alert. It was a civil defense drill that took place on the same day in scores of major cities. Citizens in what were called the "target" areas were required to take cover for fifteen minutes. At the same time civil defense officials tested their readiness and their communications systems, and federal officials practiced evacuating from the capital. Even President Eisenhower left the White House for a tent city outside Washington. The following day newspapers routinely published reports of the fictitious attacks naming the number of bombs that were dropped in the mock alerts, the number of cities hit, and the number of casualties.
In 1955, New York State made the failure to take cover during an Operation Alert exercise punishable with a fine of up to $500 and a year in jail. A small group of pacifists that included Catholic Worker Dorothy Day reacted to this law by staging a protest in Manhattan's City Hall Park. When the air raid sirens sounded, on June 15, 1955, the 27 protesters sat on park benches, surrounded by reporters. They explained that they were protesting the government's pretense that citizens could be protected in the event of a full-scale nuclear attack. The protesters were arrested and given suspended sentences.
The pacifists held similar protests every year. But it wasn't until a group of young mothers organized a much larger-scale demonstration in 1960 that the rest of New York took notice. The women managed to draw hundreds of protesters, including celebrities like Norman Mailer, to City Hall Park on May 3, the day of the 1960 Operation Alert. The organizers appealed to the political center; encouraged protesters to dress in their best clothes and to bring their children; and claimed to represent just one belief: "Peace is the only defense against nuclear war."
There was one more Operation Alert in 1961. The young mothers managed to bring together two-and-a-half-thousand protesters. That year civil defense protests also took place in other states, and hundreds of college students staged demonstrations on several East Coast campuses. In 1962 Operation Alert was permanently canceled.
ABOVE IS ONE OF THE GOVERNMENT IN TRANSIT DEPARTMENTS SET UP IN A KOREAN WAR SURPLUS MAYBE EVEN WORLD WAR TWO TENT, THE US GOVERNMENT AT THE TIME WAS VERY BUSY BUILDING ELABORATE BUNKERS AROUND THE UNITED STATES LIKE THE GREENBRIAR, RAVEN ROCK, MOUNT WEATHER , AND OTHER COVERT PLACES TO HOST THE CONGRESS OR SENATE OR PRESIDENT OR VICE PRESIDENT EACH WITH A HAND SELECTED ADMINISTRATION THOSE PICKED WERE ISSUED CARDS THAT STATED THE BEARER WAS TO BE ALLOWED UNRESTRICTED MOVEMENT AND HELP IF REQUESTED DUE TO ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT DUTIES. THESE MEN AND WOMEN WOULD HAVE TO LEAVE BEHIND FAMILIES TO BE INCINERATED BY THE COMING ATTACK, I DON'T THINK THEY REALLY EVER KNEW WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO DO THIS AND WOULD STAY BEHIND.DURING THE OPERATION ALERT YEARS A MEDIA SESSION WOULD BE SET UP SHOWING THE PRESIDENT LEAVING VIA HELICOPTER TO GO TO HIS HIDDEN SHELTER AND OTHER MEDIA SHOWED DOZENS OF HELICOPTERS FERRYING ESSENTIAL MILITARY PERSONNEL FROM THE PENTAGON LAWN AS OTHER LESS FORTUNATE POLITICIANS EVEN THE VICE PRESIDENT SHELTERING IN BUNKERS UNDER THE WHITE HOUSE OR ON LOCAL MILITARY BASES.
BELOW 2 PICTURES SHOW FIRST WHAT LOOKS LIKE FDNY? GO OVER A NEW CHRYSLER LIBERTY BELL VICTORY SIREN A LATE 1950s SIREN AND BELOW THIS PICTURE OFFICIALS GATHER ON A NYC ROOFTOP TO KICK OFF PROBABLY ONE OF THE FIRST OP ALERTS IN THE EARLY 1950s BOTH PICTURES SHOW THE SAME ROOFTOP EDGE GUARDS AND COULD BE THE SAME ROOFTOP WITH DIFFERENT SIRENS THE FIRST PICTURE SHOWS THE CHRYSLER SIREN WHAT PROBABLY HAS A BIG SIX CYLINDER CAR OR TRUCK ENGINE PUSHING THE BLOWER IN THAT SIREN AND IT PROBABLY NO I'D SAY DEFINITELY MADE A HELL OF A NOISE THE EARLIER PHOTO BELOW THE FIRST MAY BE A SURPLUS WORLD WAR TWO SIREN IF ANY SIREN EXPERTS KNOW PLEASE LET ME KNOW.
INSTRUCTING PASSENGERS WHAT TO DO IF THE ALERT BEGINS AND THEY ARE ON PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
(BELOW )NYPD KEEP WATCH NEAR NYC TRANSIT BUSES THAT PULLED OVER WHEN THE ALERT STARTED FORCING THE RIDERS IN TO SHELTERS.
(BELOW) THOSE FORCED FROM THE STREETS OR WERE IN PLACES WORKING OR SHOPPING MAKE THEIR WAY INTO THE BASEMENT SHELTER OF WHAT LOOKS LIKE A LARGE BUILDING'S BASEMENT SHELTER, AND THAT IS ALL THEY WERE ,NOT STOCKED OR ASSESSED A PROTECTIVE FACTOR AGAINST RADIATION. THESE SHELTERS WERE NOT SET UP FOR LONG TERM OR EVEN SHORT TERM STAYS UNLESS A BUILDING OR STORE OWNER STOCKED IT WITH SUPPLIES ON THEIR OWN DOLLAR, THE NATIONAL FALLOUT SHELTER PROGRAM STARTED IN 1961 AND MARKED SHELTER LOCATIONS WITH THE ALL FAMILIAR BLACK AND ORANGE/YELLOW SIGNS WITH THREE DOWNWARD TRIANGLES , THESE LOCATIONS WERE ASSESSED A PF AGAINST RADIATION AND HAD WATER AND VARIOUS RATIONS TO OFFER SHELTER INHABITANTS POSSIBLY A WEEKS WORTH OF SUPPLIES WITH SOME SHELTERS STOCKED WITH RADIOLOGICAL MEASURING GEAR.(*note this photo appears in another post about los angeles civil defense drills and was mistakenly identified as a california picture)
ABOVE NEW YORKERS AWAIT THE ALL CLEAR IN ONE OF NEW YORKS MANY SUBWAY STATIONS BY VOLUNTEER CIVIL DEFENSE WORKERS, NYC AND NEW YORK STATE REALLY GOT BEHIND THE WHOLE CIVIL DEFENSE PROGRAM MAYOR LaGUARDIA AND WAGNER AND NYS GOV. ROCKEFELLER WERE VERY PRO CIVIL DEFENSE AND ADVOCATED AND ALLOCATED FUNDING FOR MANY CIVIL DEFENSE PROGRAMS ,EQUIPMENT, EDUCATION, AND SET UP A WORKING VOLUNTEER CIVIL DEFENSE ORGANIZATION,
|ABOVE A NYPD OFFICER STANDS A SOLITARY WATCH WAITING FOR THE ALL CLEAR SIREN TO SOUND, TO SEE AND HEAR VIDEO OF THE AIR RAID SIRENS SOUNDING THROUGH THE EMPTY NYC STREETS IS A VERY EERIE SOUND AND IMAGE.|
OPERATION ALERT 1954-1956 NEW YORK CITY NEWSREELS
THE NEWSREELS BELOW ARE OF VARIOUS OPERATION ALERT DRILLS NATIONAL ATOMIC ATTACK MANDATORY DRILLS THAT OCCURED IN THE MID 1950s MORE OF THESE LOST FILMS OF A VERY DIFFERENT NYC ARE BEING RESTORED AND RELEASED ALTHOUGH THESE DRILLS WERE WIDELY THOUGHT OF AS A PAIN IN THE ASS IT IS EERIE TO SEE TIMES SQUARE EMPTY OF PEOPLE AND TRAFFIC OR TO SEE NEW YORKERS WAITING IN SUBWAY ENTRANCES FOR THE ALL CLEAR. THE BLOG HAS FILM OF A ATTACK DRILL IN NYC WITH AIR RAID SIRENS HOWLING THROUGH THE CANYONS OF NYC ONLY A FEW POSTS BACK SO CHECK IT OUT!
(BELOW)BEFORE FALLOUT SHELTER SIGNS THIS WAS THE PUBLIC SHELTER SIGN SOME REMAIN AROUND NYC TO THIS DAY
THE MOCK NATIONAL ATTACK THAT OCCURED IN 1956 WITH MORE NYC FOOTAGE THAN OTHER FEATURED NEWSCLIPS, SHOWS UPTOWN (42nd street? )SUBWAY STOP ,NEW YORKERS BEING RUSHED INTO SHELTERS BY NYPD .AND AT THE END OF THE NEWSREEL NO OTHER CITY WAS GIVEN A "MOCK" DEATH TOLL EXCEPT NYC ! CHECK IT OUT FOR THE MOCK AMOUNT OF VAPORIZED NYC RESIDENTS, THESE DRILLS WERE QUITE COMMON IN THE 1950s AND EVEN THEN NYC HAD ITS SHARE OF INDIVIDUAL THINKERS WHO PROTESTED THESE EXERCISES, ALSO NYC WAS AND STILL IS THE CITY USED FOR RUSSIANS TO ATTACK AND BOMB IN THESE DRILLS AND IS USED IN FILMS, AND OTHER CIVIL DEFENSE PROPAGANDA ALSO HOLLYWOOD FILMS, BUT IT WOULD TAKE MORE THAN A NUCLEAR ATTACK TO SLOW DOWN THE AVERAGE NEW YORKER!
LOOK FOR OTHER POSTS ON THIS BLOG THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER FOOTAGE,PICTURES,ETC OF THESE COLD WAR DRILLS. CHECK EM OUT!
(BELOW)IT JUST WOULDN'T BE NYC UNLESS SOMEONE WAS PROTESTING THIS ATTACK DRILL , EVEN THOUGH THE U.S. WAS VERY ANTI - COMMUNIST AND MOST SUPPPORTED THESE DRILLS A HANDFUL OF PEOPLE DECIDED TO BOYCOTT AND DEMONSTRATE DURING THE DRILL AND WERE PROMPTLY ARRESTED
BELOW OPERATION 1955 IS THE FIRST NEWSREEL FOLLOWED BY OPERATION ALERT 1956 WITH NYCs DEATH TOLL
BELOW IS THE ACTUAL NYC CONELRAD RADIO BROADCAST HEARD IN NEW YORK CITY DURING OPERATION ALERT DRILL TELLING LISTENERS TO TURN THEIR RADIOS TO 640 AND 1240 ON THEIR RADIOS MAYOR WAGNER GIVES IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HOW TO SURVIVE A ATOMIC ATTACK AS WELL AS CITYWIDE UPDATES FROM CIVIL DEFENSE POSTS A VERY RARE RECORDING FROM CONELRAD.COM
TIMES SQUARE NYC EMPTY DURING A UNKNOWN OPERATION ALERT DRILL WITH CIVIL DEFENSE WARDEN STANDING WATCH
HERE WE SEE NEW YORK CITY'S TIMES SQUARE DURING A BUSINESS DAY THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATED IN THESE DRILLS WAS IN THE THOUSANDS HUNDREDS OF. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW NEW YORK CITY WOULD OF FARED IN A REAL ATTACK FAST FORWARD TO THE 60S AND ON THERE WOULD BE NO TIMELY WARNING AVAILABLE AND IT WOULD ALMOST MAKE THINGS WORSE TO EVEN WARN PEOPLE TO SEEK SHELTER WITH A FEW MINUTES WARNING IN THE AGE OF MISSILES LAUNCHED VIA SUBMARINES.
HERE WE SEE NEW YORK CITY'S TIMES SQUARE DURING A BUSINESS DAY THE AMOUNT OF PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATED IN THESE DRILLS WAS IN THE THOUSANDS HUNDREDS OF. I CANNOT IMAGINE HOW NEW YORK CITY WOULD OF FARED IN A REAL ATTACK FAST FORWARD TO THE 60S AND ON THERE WOULD BE NO TIMELY WARNING AVAILABLE AND IT WOULD ALMOST MAKE THINGS WORSE TO EVEN WARN PEOPLE TO SEEK SHELTER WITH A FEW MINUTES WARNING IN THE AGE OF MISSILES LAUNCHED VIA SUBMARINES.
|ALONG WITH VARIOUS PROTESTS A PRIEST STANDS IN THE MIDDLE OF ONE OF MANHATTANS USUALLY BUSY AVENUES AND PRAYS FOR PEACE ALONE|
IN THE END CIVIL DEFENSE ONCE A VERY BACKED PLAN FROM MAYOR TO GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK WAS ABANDONED IN PLACE BY THE MAYORS OF THE LATE 1960S - 1980S THE THOUGHT OF NEW YORKERS RUSHING IN PANIC THRU STREETS ALREADY CONGESTED TO FIND REFUGE UNDER A 60 FLOOR BUILDING THAT IN ALL LIKELIHOOD WOULD WIND UP IN A 60 FLOOR DEBRIS PILE DOOMING THOSE IN THE SHELTER TO BE ENTOMBED AND IF THAT DID NOT FINISH US OFF FIRESTORMS CREATED FROM THE TARGET PACKAGE THAT THE SOVIETS HAVE PLANNED FOR THE TRI STATE NEW YORK AREA WOULD NOT ALLOW A LIVING THING TO SURVIVE FOR HUNDREDS OF MILES AROUND THE POPULATED AND MANUFACTURING AREAS OF METROPOLITAN NYC, IN ONE TARGET PACKAGE I SAW NYC RECIEVED NO LESS THAN 8 PROBABLY 20 MEGATON WARHEADS LONG ISLAND WAS COVERED ALL THE WAY TO THE TWIN FORKS NEW JERSEY EVERY INDUSTRIAL AREA AND INFRASTRUCTURE WAS TARGETED FROM NORTHERN TO SOUTHERN N.J. SAME AS CONNECTICUT ESPECIALLY AROUND THE US NAVY SUBMARINE BASE AT GROTON, AND EVEN IF THAT DID NOT HAPPEN THE TARGET PLAN FOR WASHINGTON D.C. WOULD HAVE SUCH A LETHAL RADIATION DOSE THAT WOULD FOLLOW THE WINDS UP THE COAST TO NYC AND THAT WOULD BE THE END OF LIFE. THE MORE INFORMATION NYC MAYORS GOT ABOUT THE REALITIES IT SEEMED A WORTHLESS EXPENDITURE. NYC WAS ALMOST BANKRUPT IN 1975 WHEN FORD TOLD THE CITY TO DROP DEAD, ITS INFRASTRUCTURE WAS FALLING APART CIVIL DEFENSE WAS THE LAST THING ON THEIR MIND, SO THE SHELTERS WERE ABANDONED IN PLACE WITH LANDLORDS THROWING OUT RATIONS IN THE GARBAGE FOR THE LAST 40 YEARS, BUT THE ONE THING THAT WILL LAST AND PROBABLE OUTLAST US IS THE HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF FALLOUT SHELTER SIGNS THAT ARE TACKED ON BUILDINGS THROUGHOUT NYC AND NOBODY HAS REMOVED THEM SO THEY WILL BE THERE FOR YEARS TO COME.
Monday, August 18, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014
A RARE LOOK AT NYC DURING ONE OF ITS "MANDATORY"ATOMIC AIR RAID DRILLS, FILMED WITH SOUND IN TIMES SQUARE THE SOUND OF SIRENS ECHOING THROUGH NYC's STREETS AS NEW YORKERS HURRY TO SHELTERS IS A VERY RARE SIGHT AND ONE PROBABLY NOT SEEN VERY OFTEN. THE FIRST VIDEO IS A NEWS REEL OF THE NYC CIVIL DEFENSE EXERCISE
When nuclear bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, civilians had their first glimpse of the new reality: a world where one massive bomb could decimate an entire city. But it was not until the power balance shifted and another country—the Soviet Union—tested its first nuclear bomb on August 29, 1949 that the new world order became truly frightening to many Americans. The US government needed to find ways to keep civilians safe in the event of a nuclear attack and make citizens feel comfortable with the idea of the bomb and nuclear energy. Civil defense as practiced in the US after World War II was a domestic security policy that combined propaganda with theories about survival following a nuclear attack. The US never successfully implemented a civil defense plan, but New York City figures prominently in Civil Defense history.
Sunday, June 1, 2014
WNYC PRESERVES SOME AUDIO FROM THE ATOMIC ERA ,WELL WORTH HAVING A LISTEN TO.NOT MANY RECORDINGS HAVE LASTED THE YEARS THESE ARE PRICELESS SINCE THEY ARE ABOUT NEW YORK, THE FIRST DEALS WITH THE EVERYDAY CITIZEN ASKED WHAT HE OR SHE WOULD DO IF A ATOMIC ATTACK WERE IMMINENT, THE SECOND TALKS ABOUT THE DAY THE BRONX WAS BOMBED DURING A CIVIL DEFENSE ATOMIC ATTACK DRILL THAT WAS CONDUCTED NATION WIDE.
1946 chicago sun artist rendering of NYC post attack damage
In the second featured Plan for Survivalepisode, the 38th in the series, reporter Lockwood Doty asks men and women of New York state what they would do if the bomb fell; most of the answers are disappointingly incorrect. Once again, listeners are reminded that survival is the responsibility of each individual .
NYS CIVIL DEFENSE NETWORK RADIO SERIES
Monday, May 19, 2014
Sunday, May 18, 2014
NEW YORK STATE EMERGENCY DEFENSE ACT
|NYC BEING NUKED ONCE AGAIN, WHY DOESN'T ALBANY THE STATES CAPITAL USED? I AM SURE NYC RESIDENTS WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT PICTURE. ThE EMERGENCY DEFENSE ACT Mentions AND REFERS TO NYC QUITE A BIT.|
THE FOLLOWING WAS DRAFTED AND PASSED BY NEW YORK STATE IN 1951.THIS LEGISLATION NEVER MENTIONS AN ENEMY, ALTHOUGH KOREA IS DISCUSSED AND THE VARIOUS ACTS OF AGGRESSION BY COMMUNISTS IN EUROPE AND ASIA, FUNNY THEY SAY THE WORD ENEMY BUT NEVER MENTION ONE, SO I WILL SAY IT......THE SOVIET UNION! JOSEPH "IRON JOE" STALIN AND HIS CRONIES IN THE ALTERNATE UNIVERSE THE SOVIET UNION GOING TIT FOR TAT WITH THE UNITED STATES, THIS SCARED NYS AND NYC (which is mentioned as part of the coming attack possibly to throw off the soviet union into thinking Albany is not the capital so don't point any bombers our way send them to nyc,,,joking)SO BADLY THEY DREW UP THIS LEGISLATION AND PASSED IT. NYS WAS PROBABLY THE MOST CIVIL DEFENSE DEVOUT WHEN GOV. ROCKEFELLER WAS IN OFFICE AS WELL AS NYC MAYOR LAGUARDIA WHO WAS KNOWN TO JUMP ON A FIRE ENGINE OR TWO ON ITS WAY TO A FIRE. THIS EMERGENCY ACT WAS A VERY DETAILED PIECE OF WORK AND BESIDE SHOWING HOW SCARED THEY OF BEING ATTACKED THEY HATED COMMUNIST'S THAT WALKED QUIETLY AMONG US AND WANTED EACH AND EVERY ONE IDENTIFIED AND DEALT WITH. THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS BLACKLISTING ANY SUSPECTED COMMIE MANY ARTISTS,ACTORS,WRITERS WERE RUINED BY THIS BUT THAT WAS THE COLD WAR.
THIS WHOLE NEW YORK STATE DEFENSE EMERGENCY ACT OF 1951 IS LONG BUT VERY INTERESTING TO BE ABLE TO SEE INTO THE WHAT PEOPLE WERE THINKING AFTER THE SOVIETS DETONATED A ATOMIC WEAPON AND ALSO BEING ABLE TO PUT A BEEPING SATELLITE CALLED SPUTNICK INTO ORBIT RIGHT OVER AMERICA'S HEADS!!A FEW YEARS AFTER MOST OF THEIR COUNTRY WAS DESTROYED BY THE NAZIS AND MOST OF THE COUNTRYS ESSENTIAL MATERIAL FOR BUILDING DEPLETED.BUT AMERICA SAW THE MUSHROOM CLOUD ON TINY TV SCREENS OR NEWS REELS BEFORE MOVIES. I NEVER KNEW WHAT THIS LEGISLATION WAS BUT I SAW IT ON SIGNS AROUND AIRPORTS AND OLD DEFENSE PLANTS I EXPLORED. "NO TRESPASSING ALLOWED BY ORDER OF THE NYS EMERGENCY DEFENSE ACT" THESE SIGNS AND OTHERS ARE A RARE FIND IN THE 21st CENTURY
I HAVE INCLUDED ONLY THE FIRST PART OF THIS LEGISLATION SINCE THE SIZE OF IT IS QUITE LARGE IT CAN BE READ IN ITS ENTIRETY AT -law.onecle.com JUST TYPE IN THE TITLE OF THE NYS DEFENSE ACT.
CHAPTER 784/51 NEW YORK STATE DEFENSE EMERGENCY ACT Article I. Short title; definitions. I-A. Succession to office of governor. II. State defense council. III. Civil defense. II-A. Shelter protection. IV. Powers of agencies. V. Power of dispensation from certain limitations of law. VI. Closing or restricting use of highways; posting of property. VII. Banking. VII-A. Insurance. VIII. Violations and penalties; peace officers. IX. Miscellaneous provisions; construction and duration of act. ARTICLE 1 Short Title; Definitions Section 1. Short title. 2. Declaration of purpose and findings. 2-a. Further declaration of purpose and findings relating to the protection of the people in the event of nuclear attack and recovery and rehabilitation after attack. 3. Definitions. Section 1. Short title. This act shall be known and may be cited and referred to as the "New York state defense emergency act." § 2. Declaration of purpose and findings. The legislature hereby finds that there exists a serious danger that this state will be subjected to enemy attack, including attack by atomic bombs or other radiological weapons. On December sixteenth, nineteen hundred fifty, because of the grave threat to national security, the president of the United States declared a state of national emergency, summoning all state and local leaders and officials to cooperate fully with the military and civil defense agencies of the United States. The federal civil defense act of nineteen hundred fifty passed by congress on January second, nineteen hundred fifty-one and signed by the president on January twelfth, nineteen hundred fifty-one, as amended by public law eighty-five-six hundred six declares it to be the policy and intent of the congress that the responsibility for civil defense shall be vested jointly in the federal government and the states and their political subdivisions. Nations with communist governments presently dominate one-third of the population of the world. Some of these nations have aided and assisted the nations which have perpetrated aggression in Korea. Acts of communist aggression have occurred in other parts of Asia and in Europe. These communist governments have conducted incessant propaganda attacks upon the United States and have engaged in repeated demonstrations of hostility. The president of the United States has stated that in one of these nations there has occurred an atomic explosion. Our military leaders have informed us that these nations possess bombers capable of flying an atomic bomb to any point in the state of New York. The national security resources board has in its plan for organizing civil defense stated that an atomic bomb exploded in a large city can destroy virtually all property and lives within a radius of three-fourths of a mile from the point of explosion and cause great damage at even greater distance. It is estimated that a single such explosion would kill nearly eighty thousand persons and severely injure many more. In view of the professed determination of the government of the United States to resist further communist aggression, and because of the likelihood of resort to atomic and radiological weapons in the event of further conflict between this nation and communist aggressors, the peril to the people of this state is sufficiently great that the precautions embodied in this act must be taken. The present inadequate size of our armed forces, their lack of equipment, critical shortages in essential goods and certain production facilities make necessary intensified mobilization to the end that the defense of the United States be strengthened as speedily as possible. Under all of the circumstances it is obvious that the enormity of the defense effort which must be made by the United States will cause great dislocation to its normal economy. One of the further purposes of this act is to minimize the hardship resulting from these dislocations, and to permit the fullest participation by the people of this state in the defense effort. It is the purpose of this legislation to meet these dangers and problems with the least possible interference with the existing division of the powers of the government and the least possible infringement of the liberties of the people, including the freedom of speech, press and assembly. § 2-a. Further declaration of purpose and findings relating to the protection of the people in the event of nuclear attack and recovery and rehabilitation after attack. The legislature hereby finds and declares that the aggressive forces of communism are employing threats of nuclear attack to achieve their plan and purpose of world domination and to confound the aspirations of free people everywhere. It is increasingly apparent that effective fallout protection as an integral part of a strong civil defense is essential to the nation's military defense, to our negotiating strength, to the deterrence of nuclear aggression and to our resistance to nuclear blackmail. In the event of attack, fallout protection and a comprehensive civil defense program are essential to minimize injury and loss of life and to make possible the recovery of the people, the restoration and rehabilitation of the state's economy and the preservation of the spiritual, cultural and political heritage of our nation. The entire population of the state is now exposed and vulnerable to death or disability from any nuclear attack that might be launched against us. While the radioactive fallout which follows the explosion of nuclear weapons would create the most widespread danger faced by our population in the event of a nuclear attack, the means for protecting the state's population from such fallout are known and are feasible. In furtherance of the national goal declared by the president of the United States to reach for fallout protection for every American as rapidly as possible and as an integral part of the state's comprehensive civil defense program, a major objective of the state is to have for each person in the state of New York fallout protection ready and adequate for survival, which will make possible recovery and rehabilitation in the event of nuclear attack. This objective can be achieved only by a cooperative effort which mobilizes the resources of individuals, business, labor, agriculture and other private groups and government at every level--federal, state and local. All levels of government must recognize and accept their mutual obligations to plan, encourage and assist the orderly establishment of adequate fallout shelters, readily accessible to all the people, but the effectiveness of the joint effort, public and private, to protect against the dangers of nuclear attack will depend in large measure on the success and vigor with which local communities and families organize for their survival. The state must give leadership and direction in this important task of establishing a strong civil defense and achieving fallout protection for each person in the state. To this end the legislature has established a broad coordinated civil defense program. A primary consideration in this program for survival and recovery of our state following a nuclear attack is the necessity for preservation of our young people. Therefore, as an essential part of the coordinated civil defense effort in each community, the authorities of public and private schools, colleges and universities should provide fallout protection in or near their buildings and the state should encourage and assist financially through state civil defense aid the development of such fallout protection. The state, by fostering fallout protection at the schools, colleges and universities scattered over the length and breadth of the state in every community, will not only aid in providing protection for our young people but will also thereby provide a direction and an awareness of the need for public and private action in support of the civil defense effort. In addition, as a part of this program, the state should --encourage and assist private individuals to provide adequate shelter protection for their families, either singly or in groups; --encourage and foster the construction of shelters in all publicly-assisted housing; --encourage and assist landlords and employers to provide shelter protection for their tenants and employees; --encourage local offlcials and community leaders, within the framework of a coordinated civil defense plan, to take positive steps to promote and assist the development of shelter protection by the citizens individually and collectively in each locality; and --construct and install shelters on state-owned property to provide protection for state workers and other occupants. Furthermore, the state must cooperatively supplement the program being provided and developed by the federal government and the state must share with the federal government the responsibility of insuring that all protective measures adopted reflect the latest techniques and developments available. At all times the objectives and planning of civil defense should be directed to the survival not only of the people of the state but of their way of life. Intensive efforts must be made to establish the means and methods which will, in the event of nuclear attack, make possible the recovery of the people and the rehabilitation of the economic and social life of the state following any such attack. § 3. Definitions. As used in this act the following terms shall mean and include: 1. "Agency." An office, department, division, bureau, board or commission of the state or of a political subdivision thereof, including volunteer agencies. 2. "Attack." Any attack, actual or imminent, or series of attacks by an enemy or a foreign nation upon the United States causing, or which may cause, substantial damage or injury to civilian property or persons in the United States in any manner by sabotage or by the use of bombs, shellfire, or nuclear, radiological, chemical, bacteriological, or biological means or other weapons or processes. 3. "City director." The director of civil defense heading a city office. 4. "City office." A city office of civil defense or a consolidated city office of civil defense. 5. "Civil defense." All those activities and measures designed or undertaken (l) to minimize the effects upon the civilian population caused or which would be caused by an attack, (2) to deal with the immediate emergency conditions which would be created by any such attack, and (3) to effectuate emergency repairs to, or the emergency restoration of, vital utilities and facilities destroyed or damaged by any such attack. Such term shall include, but shall not be limited to, (A) measures to be taken in preparation for anticipated attack (including the establishment of appropriate organizations, operational plans, and the supporting agreements; the recruitment and training of personnel; the conduct of research; the procurement and stockpiling of materials necessary to the survival, recovery and rehabilitation of the state and of its inhabitants; the provision of suitable warning systems; the construction or preparation of shelters and control centers; provisions for the continuity of state and local governments; and, when appropriate, the non-military evacuation of civil population); (B) measures to be taken during attack (including the enforcement of passive defense regulations prescribed by duly established military or civil authorities; the movement of personnel to shelters; the control of traffic and panic; and the control and use of lighting and civil communications); and (C) measures to be taken following attack (including but not limited to activities for fire fighting; rescue, emergency medical, health and sanitation services; monitoring for radiation and other specific hazards of special weapons; decontamination procedures; unexploded bomb reconnaissance; essential debris clearance; emergency welfare measures; immediately essential emergency repair or restoration of damaged vital facilities; the implementation of the means and methods for the recovery and rehabilitation of the state; effective utilization of all persons and materials; care and shelter for those made homeless; distribution of stockpiled food, water, medical supplies, machinery and other equipment; the preservation of raw materials; the restoration of essential community services, industrial and manufacturing capacity, and commercial and financial activities in the state; and the resumption of educational programs). 6. "Civil defense forces." Agencies, public officers, employees, and enrolled civil defense volunteers, all having duties and responsibilities under or pursuant to this act in connection with civil defense. 7. "Commission." The state civil defense commission created by article three of this act. 8. "Communication facility" or "communication device" shall not mean or include a newspaper. 9. "Council." The New York state defense council created by article two of this act. 10. "County director." The director of civil defense heading a county office. 11. "County office." A county office of civil defense or a consolidated county office of civil defense. l2. "Defense effort." The preparation of the United States and other nations cooperating with it for defense against attack and for the conduct of war. l3. "Defense emergency." The period beginning with the effective date of this act and ending upon the termination of the national emergency as proclaimed by the president of the United States on December sixteenth, nineteen hundred fifty. 14. "Drill." Any duly authorized activity of the state civil defense commission or a local office of civil defense, or subdivision, service or unit thereof, with or without the participation of the general public, held in training or preparation for enemy attack or for rehabilitation and recovery procedures following an attack. Drill is synonymous with authorized test, training, or training or practice exercise. Drill includes assistance by civil defense forces in combating natural or peacetime disasters upon the direction of a public officer authorized by law to call upon a civil defense director for assistance in protecting human life or property. 15. "Facilities." Buildings, shelters, utilities, and land. 16. "Fallout shelter." A building, structure or other real property, or an area or portion thereof, so constructed, altered or improved as to provide protection against harmful radiation resulting from radioactive fallout in accordance with the plan, regulations or orders of the commission pertaining thereto, including such plumbing, heating, electrical, ventilating, conditioning, filtrating and refrigerating equipment and other mechanical additions or installations, if any, as may be an integral part thereof. 17. "Law." A general or special statute, law, city or village charter, local law, ordinance, resolution, rule, regulation, order or rule of common law. 18. "Local director." A county director or a city director. 19. "Local office." A county office or a city office. 20. "Materials." Raw materials, food, water, supplies, medicines, machinery, equipment, component parts and technical information and processes necessary for civil defense. 21. "Municipal agency." An agency of a political subdivision responsible for police, fire, sanitation, public works, street, sewer, water, health, emergency or other services involving duties and responsibilities in connection with civil defense. 22. "Political subdivision." A county, town, city, village, school district or other district, district corporation or public benefit corporation. 23. "Shelter." A building, structure or other real property, or an area or portion thereof, which is to be used for the protection of persons during or after an attack, including such services, utilities and equipment, if any, as may be an integral part thereof. 24. "State director." The New York state director of civil defense. 25. "Volunteer agencies." Agencies sponsored or authorized by the commission or local offices of civil defense the personnel of which are in major part selected from among volunteer persons serving without compensation and may include wardens, shelter captains, warning services, auxiliary police, auxiliary firemen, bomb squads, radiological units and personnel, rescue squads, emergency medical units and other medical forces, nurses' aides, repair crews, monitoring and decontamination squads, demolition crews and all other similar forces and services having duties and responsibilities in connection with civil defense. ARTICLE 1-A § 5. Persons eligible to succeed governor. If, as a result of an attack or a natural or peacetime disaster, the office of governor becomes vacant and each of the lieutenant governor, the temporary president of the senate and the speaker of the assembly is unable to discharge the powers and duties of the office of governor or is absent from the state, then the officer of the state who is (a) highest in order of the following list, (b) not otherwise unable to discharge such powers and duties, and (c) not absent from the state, shall act as governor: attorney general, comptroller, commissioner of transportation, commissioner of health, commissioner of commerce, industrial commissioner, chairman of the public service commission, secertary of state. § 6. An individual who is acting as governor under this article shall continue to do so until the vacancy in the office of governor shall be filled by election or by the qualification of the lieutenant governor, the temporary president of the senate or the speaker of the assembly. The removal of a disability or the termination of an absence from the state of an officer higher on the list contained in section one of this article shall not terminate the service in the office of governor of such individual who is acting as governor.
FALLOUT SHELTER WARDEN INFORMATION
- NYC / Long Island/Suffolk County, New York Air Defense Sector - Suffolk County, United States
- Walk around NYC and Long Island and see the signs black and yellow triangles pointing down to represent Atomic Fallout, some people don't even know about its meaning or The horror associated with that odd sign and what it represents, The cold war was far from cold, L.I. had Nuclear Missiles and Nuclear weapons on armed Interceptor aircraft to stop soviet bombers from dropping atomic bombs on NYC and the Defense Industry on L.I.. This And The Civil Defense, The Armed Defense, and The Other Side Of The Fence, This Is History That Can Not be Lost so this blog will try To tell the stories of a dark time, When sirens would howl and we would all await most likely the end underground in places marked with Fallout Shelter Signs, buried beneath the rubble of the buildings above us or be Incinerated in Firestorms , Other Than That Fallout Shelter NYC brings The Local Cold War History in Film, Pictures, Stories, Civil Defense Pics ,Films & other Media, Lots Of Atomic Propaganda And even Declassified USAF & DOD Films On everything They Detonated Or Trained For Excellent Stuff! So Settle In, Grab A Survival Biscuit, read the posts watch the films and enjoy the Shelter!
(1968) USAF SURVIVE TO FIGHT ATOMIC WEAPON HITS ADC BASE JETS SCRAMBLE INTERCEPT SOVIET ATTACKERS
THIS IS A CLASSIC UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TRAINING FILM THAT IS BASED ON SURVIVABILITY OF USAF BASE OPERATIONS IN THE CONTINENTAL UNITED STATES AFTER A NUCLEAR ATTACK,BASES LIKE THIS ONE WERE SCATTERED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES DURING THE COLD WAR PERIOD THE AMOUNT OF PRESSURE AND RESPONSIBILITY THESE MEN HAD HAD HANDLING NUCLEAR WEAPONS THAT WERE USED ON INTERCEPTOR AIRCRAFT ,THE # AM SCRAMBLES INTO THE WINTER NIGHT NOT KNOWING IF THIS WAS FOR REAL AS BASE AIRCRAFT PEELED OUT LAUNCHING IN PAIRS SC REAMING INTO THE WINTER NIGHT WAITING FOR WORD OF WHAT WAS GOING ON. THE AIRMEN AT THESE BASES KNEW ANY ATTACK ON THE US THEY WOULD BE AMONG THE FIRST TO KNOW AND FIRST TO GO WHILE THE COMMUNITIES OUTSIDE THE GATES NEVER KNEW HOW CLOSE THEY WERE TO WAR AS THE BASES WENT TO DIFFERENT DEFCON LEVELS, THIS WAS NOT INFORMATION FOR THE PUBLIC. THE FILM STARTS AT NIGHT AND THE SAC AIR DEFENSE COMMAND LAUNCHES ITS F-101 INTERCEPTOR AIR CRAFT AND PREPARES TO RIDE OUT A NUCLEAR STRIKE AS CONFIRMATION OF INCOMING MISSILES IS CONFIRMED. THANKS TO A CLIMATE OF GUARDED DEFENSE THE AIR FORCE BASE IS ABLE TO BUILD DEFENSIVE AND SHELTER FACILITIES TO SURVIVE AND FIGHT AND AS A NUCLEAR DETONATION IS CONFIRMED ON BASE THE AIR FORCE BEGINS TO DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS SO ITS AIR WING CAN COME BACK AND RE-ARM AND RE-FUEL A GREAT SUBJECT THAT U.S. MILITARY FORCES HAD TO PLAN FOR AND TRAIN AND THIS FILM SHOWS WHAT THEY EXPECTED, THE REAL QUESTION IS IT REALISTIC IN ITS EXPECTATION? THE ONE THING IS THAT IT IS PRICELESS THAT THE USAF MADE THIS TRAINING FILM AND ITs QUOTES LIKE "HAVE NO UMBRELLAS,IF IT STARTS TO RAIN WE WILL LET YOU KNOW." AND "YOU CALL US BECAUSE IF YOU DON'T WE WILL BE CALLING YOU" WEIRD,.. BUT STILL GREAT PROPAGANDA!FILMED AT A SAC AIR DEFENSE INTERCEPTOR BASE LOCATED IN OXNARD, OXNARD AFB CALIFORNIA 1967 THIS IS BASICALLY WHEN CLOSING OF SAC ADC BASES WAS GOING ON ALL OVER (SUFFOLK COUNTY AFB LONG ISLAND NEW YORK) RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NYC AREA FOR MOST OF THE COLD WAR.DURING 1968- EARLY 1970s MOST OF THESE AIR FORCE ADC UNITS WENT OVER TO FIGHT IN VIETNAM AND THAILAND AS FORWARD AIR CONTROL AND MUNITION LOADERS FOR USAF STRIKE PLANES USING IRON BOMBS INSTEAD OF ATOMIC MUNITIONS BOMBING NVA BASES AND NORTH VIETNAM AND THE ADC PILOTS AND BACKSEATERS WENT OVER ALSO, TO ME THESE GUYS REALLY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY PLUS ONE AND DESERVE BIG RESPECT , MY HATS OFF TO THE USAF AIRMEN OF ADC/SAC AND VIETNAM/THAILAND/LAOS
DEFCON THE ULTIMATE NUCLEAR WAR SIMULATION
USAF/SAC AT DEFCON ONE AND CONFIDENCE IS HIGH! "EXECUTIVE DESCISION" USAF'S NUCLEAR POSTURE
PROBABLY THE MOST TELLING STORY OF USAF MIGHT AND POWER AS WAR IS UNLEASHED ON THE AGRESSOR NATION WHO IS LATER IDENTIFIED TO BE THE SOVIET UNION, THE STOCK FOOTAGE OF NUCLEAR WEAPONS BEING DROPPED BY B-47 STRATOJETS and B-52 BOMBERS ARE FROM ONCE CLASSIFIED USAF NUCLEAR TEST OPS. MOST OF THIS ENTIRE FILM IS FROM CLASSIFIED WARPLANS AND SPECIAL OPERATIONS, THIS HOMAGE TO SAC AND STRATEGIC AIR COMMANDS DEDICATION TO MISSION IS A JEWEL AND FROM A TIME WHERE THE WORLD WAS A TINDERBOX READY FOR SOMEONE TO STRIKE THE SPARK AND IGNITE A WORLDWIDE NUCLEAR CONFLAGRATION WHERE LIFE MOST LIKELY WOULD OF WENT THE WAY OF THE DINOSAUR AND ONLY MILLIONS OF YEARS LATER A FOSSILIZED REMAINS OF MAN WOULD BE DISCOVERED BY THE NEXT GENERATION THAT CAME FROM THE ASHES OF THE OLD, THIS FILM IS NOT KNOWN IF IT WAS EVER SEEN OR VIEWED OTHER THAN A HANDFUL OF HIGH RANKING USAF OFFICERS, SEE THE DESCRIPTION AND INFORMATION FROM THE NUCLEAR VAULT.COM --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The Power of Decision" may be the first (and perhaps the only) U.S. government film dramatizing nuclear war decision-making. Commissioned by the Strategic Air Command in 1956, the film has the look of a 1950s TV drama, but the subject is the ultimate Cold War nightmare. By the end of the film, after the U.S. Air Force has implemented war plan "Quick Strike" following a Soviet surprise attack, millions of Americans, Russians, Europeans, and Japanese are dead. The narrator, a Colonel Dodd, asserts that "nobody wins a nuclear war because both sides are sure to suffer terrible damage." Despite the "catastrophic" damage, one of the film’s operating assumptions is that defeat is avoidable as long as the adversary cannot impose its "will" on the United States. The film’s last few minutes suggest that the United States would prevail because of the "success" of its nuclear air offensive. Moscow, not the United States, is sending out pleas for a cease-fire. The conviction that the United States could prevail was a doctrinal necessity because Air Force leaders assumed the decisiveness of air power. The founding fathers of the U.S. Air Force came out of World War II with an unshakeable, if exaggerated, conviction that the strategic bombing of Germany and Japan had been decisive for the Allied victory and that air power would be crucial in future conflicts. (Note 1) The film’s title: "Power of Decision" embodies that conviction. The title itself is a reference to a 1948 statement by General George C. Kenney, the Strategic Air Command’s first commander-in-chief: "A war in which either or both opponents use atomic bombs will be over in a matter of days...The Air Force that is superior in its capability of destruction plays the dominant role and has the power of decision." (Note 2) A confident statement made by one of the characters, General "Pete" Larson, near the close of reel 6 flows from that assumption: the Soviets "must quit; we have the air and the power and they know it." The story begins with Colonel Dodd, standing in the underground command post of the "Long Range Offense Force" (oddly, the Strategic Air Command is never mentioned by name). Dodd discusses the Force’s strike capabilities, its mechanisms for keeping track of its strategic assets, and its war plans. That hundreds of bombers, based in U.S. territories and overseas bases, are ready to launch at a moment’s notice is the "surest way to prevent war." Dodd does not think that the Soviets are likely to strike, but if deterrence fails and the Soviets launch an attack, "this is what will happen." What "happens" is the initial detection by U.S. air defense network of the approach of Soviet bombers over the Arctic Circle. That leads to General Larson’s decision to launch the SAC alert force under plan "Quick Strike"; airborne and nuclear-armed alert bombers fly toward the Soviet periphery, but stay at position until they receive an attack order (this was the concept of "Fail Safe" or "Positive Control" although those terms were not used in the film). About an hour after the alert force is launched, General Larson receives reports of attacks on U.S. bases, followed by more information on Soviet nuclear attacks on cities and military bases in Japan and Western Europe. "That does it," General Turner (one of Larson’s deputies) exclaims. He soon receives a call on the red phone from the Joint Chiefs, who with the President, are in a protected command post. The president has ordered the execution of "Quick Strike," releasing bombers and missiles to strike the Soviet Union. This simultaneous bomber-missile "double punch" is aimed at "all elements of [Soviet] air power" [bomber bases] along with "war making and war sustaining resources," which meant strikes on urban-industrial areas and urban populations. To depict the undepictable, the film’s producers use stock footage of nuclear tests and missile and bomber launches. Once it is evident that the Soviets have launched a surprise air attack, Colonel Dodd observes that "By giving up the initiative, the West must expect to take the first blow." This statement is not developed, but for Air Force planners, "initiative" meant a preemptive attack or a first strike. By the early 1950, senior military planners and defense officials had begun considering the possibility of pre-emptive attacks on the basis of strategic warning; that is, if the United States intelligence warning system collected reliable information on an impending Soviet attack, decision-makers could approve strikes against Soviet military forces to disrupt it. Consistent with this, Strategic Air Command war plans assumed "two basic modes" for executing strike plans [See Document One below]. () One was retaliation against a surprise attack; the other "plan was based on the assumption that the United States had strategic warning and had decided to take the initiative." The SAC strike force would then be "launched to penetrate en masse prior to the enemy attack; the main target would be the enemy’s retaliatory capability." In the last part of reel 6, Air Force intelligence briefings review the destruction of the Soviet military machine, including destruction of air bases, weapons storage centers, and government control centers, among other targets. "Target M," presumably Moscow, has "been destroyed" by a nuclear weapon which struck 300 yards from the aiming point. The Soviet attack has done calamitous damage to the United States, with 60 million casualties, including 20 million wounded, but evidence was becoming available of the "success" of the U.S. air offensive. The Soviet Air Force has been reduced to a handful of aircraft, it had stopped launching nuclear strikes outside of its territory, and SACEUR [Supreme Allied Commander Europe] reports the "complete disintegration of resistance" by Soviet ground forces. Moreover, cease-fire requests are coming in from the Soviets. In this context, General Larson’s certainty that the "Soviets must quit" conveyed prevailing assumptions about the value of strategic air power. Around the time when "The Power of Decision" as being produced, a statement by SAC Commander-in-Chief General Curtis LeMay made explicit what was implicit in Larson’s observation. In an address before the Air Force’s Scientific Advisory Board in 1957 [see Document Two], LeMay argued that U.S. strategic forces could not be an effective deterrent unless they were "clearly capable of winning under operational handicaps of bad weather and no more than tactical warning." And by winning, LeMay said he meant "achieving a condition wherein the enemy cannot impose his will on us, but we can impose our will on him." Larson’s statement about control of the air dovetailed exactly with LeMay’s assumptions about winning. Little is known about the production and distribution of "The Power of Decision," or even if it was actually shown. According to the history of the Air Photographic and Charting Service for January through June 1957, on 28 May 1956, the Strategic Air Command requested the service to produce the film, which would be classified Secret. SAC leaders may have wanted such a film for internal indoctrination and training purposes, to help officers and airmen prepare themselves for the worst active-duty situation that they could encounter. Perhaps the relatively unruffled style of the film’s performers was to serve as a model for SAC officers if they ever had to follow orders that could produce a nuclear holocaust. In any event, the script for "Power of Decision" was approved on 10 May 1957 and a production planning conference took place on 29 May 1957. The contract productions section of the Air Photographic and Charting Service was the film’s producing unit. The next step was to find actors with security clearances because even the synopsis of the film was classified secret (although later downgraded to "official use only"). As the Air Force was not in the business of hiring actors, the production unit engaged the services of MPO Productions, a New York-based firm which produced commercials and industrial films. [References to MPO, Inc. are on the index cards and on "The End" frame at the close of reel 6]. What happened next, when the work on the film was completed, SAC’s assessment of the project, and whether, when, or where the film was shown, cannot presently be determined, although the information may be in the living memories of participants or viewers from those days. Note: The relatively poor quality of this digital reproduction reflects the condition of the original reels as turned over to the National Archives by the Air Force.
USAF/DEFENSE NUCLEAR AGENCY (1970) MEETING THE TERRORIST THREAT- GUARDING USAF NUCLEAR FACILITIES
- Meeting the Terrorist Threat, Produced by the Defense Nuclear Agency - Early 1970's - 7:30 - Color - Since the emergence of the terrorist threat, the U.S. Governments concern about the possible terrorism against nuclear facilities has intensified. This video is a dramatization. It shows how the Government has responded to this threat. The video depicts nuclear security activities at an early nuclear storage site and how a small unarmed force of intruders easily enters under the security fence surrounding the site. The protective force subdues the intruders easily. In another scene, a well-armed terrorist team enters the base and kills a roving patrol with a well-placed sniper. Security forces finally overcome the terrorists after a superior counter-force arrives. On a third entry, a terrorist team enters the site under the cover of a fellow terrorist, hidden in the forest, armed with a heavy machine gun. This terrorist team reaches and penetrates a storage igloo after the roving patrol is killed, and the rapid response force is destroyed. However, the terrorists do not escape. When the superior security force appears with helicopter support and an armored personnel carrier, the terrorists, including the machine gunner, are killed. Since this film was made, the Department of Energy (DOE) has constantly improved the training and tactics of the security forces at each installation as well as the in-place security systems. With its modern day posture, it would be highly improbable that a small group of armed individuals could forcibly enter any DOE facility and escape with a nuclear weapon or any special nuclear
(1975) RARE FOOTAGE OF ANG F-102s BASED AT SUFFOLK AFB (DECOM) FLYING OVER LONG ISLAND
THIS VIDEO SHOWS NATIONAL GUARD 2nd FIS FLYING F102s OVER EASTERN LONG ISLAND THE FLIGHT SCENES ARE DUBBED WITH A HORRIBLE MUSIC SOUNDTRACK "HIGHWAY TO THE DANGER ZONE" SO I ADVISE THAT YOU MUTE THE SOUND WHILE WATCHING THIS LAST OF THE CENTURY FIGHTERS BEING FLOWN AS INTERCEPTORS AND NOT TARGETS FOR MISSILE TESTS, THE SUFFOLK AFB NOW GABRESKI AIRPORT WESTHAMPTON HOME NOW TO THE 106th AEROSPACE RESCUE AND RECOVERY WING WHO OCCUPY AND USE THE OLD ALERT HANGARS AND USAF INFRASTRUCTURE THAT THE STRATEGIC AIR COMMAND "ADC" LEFT BEHIND WHEN THE SUFFOLK COUNTY AIR BASE WAS DECOMMISSIONED, EVEN THEN A NATIONAL GUARD UNIT USING F-102s WAS BASED THERE FROM 1969 - PRESENT.RARE CAMOFLAUGE F102s *UPDATE THE F-102 THAT SAT OUT FRONT TO PAY RESPECT TO THOSE THAT SERVED THE COLD WAR MISSION AND FLEW JET AIR CRAFT LOADED WITH LIVE NUCLEAR WEAPONS WAS SCRAPPED AND CUT UP ON BASE BY A SCRAP YARD IN A TOTAL DOUCHE BAG MOVE! I DONT CARE HOW BAD OF SHAPE IT WAS IN IT COULD OF BEEN SAVED AND SHOULD OF.JUST BECAUSE THE MISSON NOW INVOLVES HELICOPTERS YOU DONT FORGET HISTORY AND TRY TO TAKE THE LIME LIGHT BY DROPPIN A HELICOPTER IN ITS SPOT, YOU DISRESPECTED THOSE THAT SERVED A WAR COLD IN NAME BUT WAS A DIRECT THREAT AGAINST THIS NATION AND THOSE WHO FLEW THOSE JETS DURING THOSE YEARS WOULD OF GAVE THEIR LIVES TO KEEP THE POPULATION OF THIS COUNTRY SAFE, IT MAKES ME SAD TO SEE SUCH DISRESPECT AND PERSONALLY YOU CAN STICK THAT HELO UP YOUR ASSES!
COLD WAR PROPAGANDA No.41 (1951) USAF CARTOON RECRUITING COMMERCIAL
THIS USAF COMMERCIAL FROM THE EARLY 1950s MOST LIKELY WAS THE REASON AMERICA WON THE COLD WAR AND BEAT THE SOVIETS IN TO SPACE THE JINGLE IN OF FLYING DAH DAH DAH WITH CARTOON JETS AND PEOPLE PROBABLY CAUGHT THE EYE OF MANY YOUNG KIDS WHO TEN YEARS LATER ENLISTED AND HELPED KEEP THIS COUNTRY FREE OF ANY COMMUNIST AGGRESSORS, WE NEED MORE GOOD WHOLESOME RECRUITING PITCHES LIKE THIS ONE!