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The H Bomb

Description of film

The film opens with images and description of the terrible power of the H Bomb. Animated graphics are used to explain the impact of an atomic bomb on a city. The various hazards of flash, blast and fallout are all defined. The atom bomb and hydrogen bomb are compared. The film concludes with a chilling summary and the need to plan our action accordingly.


At the time of this film, the Hydrogen or thermonuclear bomb was relatively new. The USA and USSR both tested H Bombs in the 1960s, so people were aware of its power and concerned by it. During WW2 the government organised Civil Defence measures to protect against air raids and make sure emergency food and medical care was available. During the 1950s and 1960s the government produced many Civil Defence films, cinema advertisements, TV programmes and leaflets. This is one example of a training film for civil defences and fire services

Interesting or important points about the film

Horrendous damage and loss of life are set out in a matter of fact way.

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Further information
CategoryPost-war to Present Day
Sub categoryCold War
FilmThe H Bomb
SourceIWM HOY 58
ProducerRhR Productions
DateFebruary 1956