• Short Summary

    President Eisenhower taking part in the biggest nation-wide nuclear air-raid drill ever attempted.

  • Description

    Unissued / unused material - dates and locations may be unclear / unknown.

    America Newsreel item. Title reads: "US Takes Cover: Operation Alert!"

    Washington, United States of America / USA

    MS Siren sounds for the "Apple Jack" alert. MS President Dwight (Ike) Eisenhower hurrying from the White House in the air raid drill. MS Eisenhower getting in car and driving off. CU Siren. MS Defence Secretary Wilson walks towards helicopter. MS Helicopter taking off. Various scenes of government key workers preparing to evacuate, closing filing cabinets, leaving their desks. (5 shots). Aerial view of Pentagon being evacuated. CU Sign: "State Department". Various shots of Military and State department personnel also evacuating. LS Empty corridor in government building.

    New York City, United States of America / USA

    CU Street signpost in New York pointing to Time Square. Policemen directing the public away from buildings. (3 shots). LS An empty street.

    MS "Old Glory" flying. High shot, tent city where the President is directing preparations to fight back. CU Sign: Bureau of Budgets. CU Sign: Telecommo. Various scenes of preparations by key personnel to fight back directed by the President in tent city. (4 shots).

    Various shots in another location of Civil Defence Chief Peterson giving reporters theoretical figures for the dead and injured. Reporters at typewriters. CU Page being typed in typewriter. MS An atomic / nuclear explosion with mushroom cloud.

    Note: "Date received" on original paperwork reads: 20/06/1955. American commentary.

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    Film ID:
    Media URN:
    Unissued unused
    British Pathé
    Issue Date:
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:56:38:00 / 01:58:18:00
    UN 2745 G

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