Thursday, May 26, 2011

Armageddon 1958

The US Air Force recently declassified a movie depicting a simulated nuclear attack by the Soviets upon Western Europe and the United States; along with the US response.



It was kinda gripping in a funny sort of way. Once you put aside the typical Yank hype and gung ho music it was fascinating on a number of fronts:-

  • The sheer scale of the maps depicting the battle ground. There must have been hundreds of people involved in their production and upkeep.
  • The primitive nature of communication compared with that of today.
  • The weird, eerie sensation watching a fleet of nuclear armed Boeing B52s scramble like Spitfires during the Blitz.
  • The almost casual way the post battle analysts reported the casualties. In the USA - 20,000,000 people wounded and 40,000,000 killed. Assuming the same figures for each of Western Europe and the USSR, they managed to kill twice as many as died during the whole of WW2 but they did it in just a few hours.
  • Clearly this film was classified because, among other things, it demonstrated that an all out nuclear war would NOT destroy the world and in fact, it is very difficult to 'kill' a country unless you are prepared to wipe out every human inhabitant (As the Arabs propose to do in Israel.) The effectiveness of the nuclear deterrent for over seventy years relied on the perception that in fact nuclear war would bring about the end of the world.
  • You would not see so many cigarettes being smoked today.

13 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

As the Arabs propose to do in Israel.

Not merely wrong, but ugly and racist to boot.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Milt


This, from captured Jordanian orders issued during the first week of June:-

"The Jordanians also planned for the capture of Motza and Sha'alvim in the strategic Jerusalem Corridor. Motza was tasked to Infantry Brigade 27 camped near Ma'ale Adummim: "The reserve brigade will commence a nighttime infiltration onto Motza, will destroy it to the foundation, and won't leave a remnant or refugee from among its 800 residents".[31]"

Anonymous said...

it demonstrated that an all out nuclear war would NOT destroy the world

Right. And most of the US malaise in the last 10 years or so has been because the real Nuclear option has been taken "off the table" in spite of Obama & Bush's rhetoric - noone every believed they would nuke Tehran.

Which of course just goes to show Josh Boulton was right: the US should have wiped Tehran off the map year ago - so that this year, Obama could have given Guadaffi 24 hours to surrender or suffer the same fate.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Anon 801

I think everyone believes the Yids will.

Psycho Milt said...

Shall I quote you a few Einsatzgruppen reports to prove that Whitey aims to kill all the Jews? "The Arabs" aren't some cartoon bad guys you read about on right-wing nutbar websites.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You're right Milt. They aren't cartoon bad guys. The guys from Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran are real life fucked in the head bad guys.

Psycho Milt said...

See, this is why it's so annoying - the Iranians aren't even Arabs, any more than Israelis are.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Really Milt? Over a million Israelis are Arab.

Psycho Milt said...

All the more reason for my first comment.

Anonymous said...

Over a million Israelis are Arab.

Now might that have something to do with Abbas willing to describe Israel as a "Jewish state".

I mean, if it's a Jewish state, shouldn't the Israeli Arabs be on the first cattle-truck to the non-existent country of Palestine?

Anonymous said...

The first casualty of bullshit is truth. Reading this the options seem to be as follows:

- Kill all the Jews (by throat cutting in the usual Arab manner)
- Kill all the Muslims by nuking half the planet - eventually by the time the panic dies down and you have had to fire yours off to keep up with the Joneses)
- Kill everyone as part of option number 2 above.

Yep, civilisation is advancing like the Egyptian army in the six day war - backwards. How did it ever get this stuffed up? Politicians? Egos? Well I never!

Anonymous said...

" they managed to kill twice as many as died during the whole of WW2 "..

I think you will find that the accepted figure of WW11 dead is 50 million

adam2314

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

My recollection from Churchill's writings is 60 million deaths.