The Nuclear Imagination of the Strategic Air Command

The following clip is from a film made by the Air Force during 1956-7 that was recently made available by the US National Archive’s motion picture unit. Read about it and watch the full film here. I suppose it shouldn’t be surprising at all that the military commissioned a film to prepare those who might be involved for the eventuality of nuclear exchange b/t the US and USSR, but it also points toward the fact that even for the military nuclear war was a surprisingly textual (or filmic) phenomenon that could really only be imagined. Fascinating.

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