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Wartime Broadcasting Service (wikipedia.org)
28 points by Petiver on Oct 24, 2019 | hide | past | favorite | 6 comments

Reading through Cold War-era plans for post-apocalyptic Britain makes me shiver. The idea that any of the broadcasts talking about "stay indoors, no help is coming" and "the water you have may only last 14-days or more" could one day come true is truly terrifying.

Fortunately I don't think things would be quite as bad as at the worst times of the Cold War where there were estimates of ~1000Mt landing on the UK.

If you've seen Threads its worth remembering that the planning exercise it was based on was criticised for being too optimistic:


For anyone who has seen Threads to think that what it depicts is optimistic is quite something.

Even worse would be the "Protect and Survive" videos they had planned to run in the event of an attack. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yrv505R-0U

Oh god, can you imagine Joanna Lumley coming on the radio to tell you you were about to be blown to smithereens by an atomic bomb.

But don't worry, you'll still look.... absolutely fabulous

One has to assume Wood Norton was also a target

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