After being sealed in an underground command post for seven days from Oct 25 mid-day, 25 men and women members of the Dutch Civil Defence Service emerged into the outside world at noon Oct 31 at the small town of Berg en Dal, near Nijmegen, south eastern Holland.
LV Entrance to underground chamber
SV Relatives wait
CU Sealed door
SV Photographers wait
SV Men and women emerge from chamber
SV Reunions above ground
SV Men and women march off behind band
SV PAN..from officer applauding..PAN TO.. away down street
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Background: After being sealed in an underground command post for seven days from Oct 25 mid-day, 25 men and women members of the Dutch Civil Defence Service emerged into the outside world at noon Oct 31 at the small town of Berg en Dal, near Nijmegen, south eastern Holland. One of them, a public relations officer, said: "We went down as strangers and came up as friends."
The 26th member of the team, a woman, was taken from the post 24 hours after the exercise began, suffering from appendicitis.
Staff worked on a rotation of eight hours' duty, eight hours' rest and recreation, and eight hours' sleep. They all appeared to be in excellent health and spirits, although a little pale in the face, when they emerged into the sunlight and, after being greeted by their families and friends, and by officials, marched away behind a Netherlands Royal Air Force band.
Object of the exercise, which presupposed that a nuclear explosion had taken place in the area, was to test the efficiency of the team in circumstances as nearly realistic as possible in peacetime. The design, lay-out and equipment of the post were also under test, as other such underground command posts are soon to be built.
The post has a telephone exchange, and emergency radio-telephone equipment, by means of which the commander was able to keep in touch with Civil Defence workers on the surface in his area, which includes much of Nijmegen city, as well as with police stations, ambulance headquarters, etc., and was able to give orders for "rescue" and other work.