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The Atom Soldier

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "Tests conducted at Frenchman's Flat, Nevada, in January of 1955, the Army at Camp Desert Rock, utilized thousands of ground troops in an effort to establish the proper coordination between the foot soldier and the atomic explosion."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1955
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Progress - U.S. Army

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "A report to the nation on the new United States Army taking shape and the accomplishments that are making it possible. With the coming of atomic weapons to the battlefield, armies as heretofore known have been rendered obsolete and inadequate. They must be considered a thing of the past. Skillfully edited, "Progress -- U.S. Army," shows how old ideas are giving way to the onslaught of new capabilities, and out of the experimentation is being forged the new Army -- an Atomic Army -- bringing with it new concepts and fantastic weapons with which to fulfill its peacetime objective: A maximum capability to deter war."--National Archives and Records Administration.
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1956
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Individual Protection Against Atomic Attack

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "A documentary film currently in use for training soldiers against possible nuclear warfare. Part of this training is to familiarize soldiers with actual atomic detonations, showing them the damage such weapons can inflict, and teaching them the most effective methods of defense against atomic attack. There is no minimizing the potency of the nuclear weapon. But today's soldier, well informed and well trained in test blasts over the last few years, has a better chance of survival on the nuclear battlefield. Many of the methods employed by the Army in the training of its soldiers are equally applicable to the citizens of this nation in the event of atomic attack. Although the battleground of the future may well be a n [...]
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1957
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Pentomic Army

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "This is an age of streamlining, with everything from automobiles to guided missiles reflecting the dynamic look of the future. The United States Army is no exception, and with this in mind this episode documents the new concept called "The Pentomic Army." As shown, the Army's modern fighting division today is lean and functional, simple in organization and efficient in performance, keeping pace with the many marvelous inventions at its disposal. The Pentomic Division, so named because it consists of five battle groups, is a semi-independent, self-contained fighting unit designed to operate effectively on an atomic battleground, should the need ever arise. As pointed out in this film presentation, today's Pentomic Di [...]
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1957
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Atomic Battlefield

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "The camera swings to the barren flats near Desert Rock, Nevada, where in the latest atomic blast, one of the new Army's Pentomic organizations was actually employed in the field in conjunction with an atomic detonation. Since this is the age of the atom, the importance of the Army and its mission--seizing and retaining control of the land -- takes on a new meaning. The land may he scarred and seared by weapons which stun the power of reason, but so long as it remains vital to victory it is the task of the soldier to secure it and hold it. The battlefield of the future, if it exists, may well be an atomic battlefield. As is explained in this film presentation, that brutal fact has forced upon the Army the absolute ne [...]
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1957
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The Third Challenges

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From the U.S. Army's The Big Picture television series, 1950-1975.; "The world has long been familiar with two military challenges posed by the forces of world communism - the challenge of nuclear war and the challenge of large-scale conventional war. The United States and the free world meet these challenges by maintaining the ability to fight both kinds of war-an ability so powerful it has deterred Communists from starting either kind. Today, we are seeing with increasing frequency evidence of another technique the Communists use whenever they consider the occasion appropriate ... the technique of unconventional warfare -- "The Third Challenge." This challenge involves conspiracy, underground organization and terror. It encourages guerrilla warfare and avoids open conflict and risk [...]
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1962
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The Inner Ring

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"Shows how the soldiers of the Army Air Defense Command used the Nike Hercules and other missiles in their control to defend the U.S. against imaginary enemy attack. Scenes also describe the development of the newer Nike X missile."--Catalog of The Big Picture, the U.S. Army's television series, 1950-1975.
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1950; 1975