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.