CIVIL DEFENCE

While the government built deep bunkers for itself and some civil servants so that they would survive and 'run' the country after an atomic attack, the rest of the population were issued with ludicrous information on how to survive.

The government’s wish to inform did not stretch to lifting a ban on the showing of the War Game – a film that gave a more honest picture of life after the bomb - on BBC television.

Some of these bunkers have now become tourist destinations as well as places for ‘educational’ school visits. Regrettably, as with most military heritage, the deeper questions remain unasked and the view that armed might is good for our security is perpetuated..

Illustration from British Government publication 'Protect and Survive' issued to all households

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