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Summary: Short documentary explaining how Britain's independent nuclear deterrent has helped it to stay at peace with the Soviets since the end of World War Two; the argument is illustrated with stock footage, graphics and interviews with US forces in Europe.
Description: Among topics explored: historical background, Russian imperialism, effectiveness and morality of nuclear deterrent, balance of power, NATO, neutrality, "better Red than dead?" (Berlin Wall described by British soldier), Cuban missile crisis, Britain's independent nuclear deterrent, NATO and Warsaw Pact nuclear forces compared, medium-range weapons (Cruise, Pershing, SS20), interviews with US soldiers in Europe (ie Europe won't be used as theatre for a limited nuclear war), NATO's continuing role, the quest for a multilateral agreement to be sure that "Hiroshima and Nagasaki never happen again".
Production Details: Central Office of Information (Production sponsor)
Ronald Dunkley Associates (Production company)
Dunkley, Ronald (Production individual)
Palin, Barry (Production individual)
Ronald Dunkley Associates (Production individual)
Parrott, Les (Production individual)
Sutton, Peter (Production individual)
Battersby, Simon (Production individual)
Harris, Clive (Production individual)