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Defense Early Warning radar sites (DEW Line), White Alice communications systems, and North American Air Defense (NORAD)

Aerial views of Dew Line air defense radar installations in the Northern part of North America. Ground views of a man dressed in furs riding a dog sled. View from the sled of the dog team pulling it. The man and dog team moving in the snow past black microwave antennas of the "White Alice" Alaskan Communications system. Aerial view of a White Alice complex containing huge red and white checkered microwave antennas. Oil tanks and other facilities at the site. Scene shifts to closeup of receiving and relaying antennas of the White Alice system. View of a Dew Line radar site. Narrator explains how the Dew Line stations work in concert with the White Alice system. Closeup of radar antenna rotating and fade to a radar screen where a target is being painted by a sweeping beam. Operator at the radar screen picks up phone to inform NORAD (North American Air Defense Command). View of the NORAD Headquarters Building at Ent Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, with mountain in background and flags of the U.S. and Canada flying from flag poles in front of the building. View inside the command and control area of the headquarters. A large tracking board on which radar information is depicted. view of a radar station complex on land and one out at sea. A Lockheed EC-121 radar picket aircraft in flight and a radar picket ship at sea.

Date: 1959
Duration: 2 min 4 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Description of North American Air Defense system components and operation

Actor Raymond Massey talks about the nation's need for defense against possible air attack. He walks to a large wall map depicting North America and discusses joint efforts of Canada and the United States to establish an effective air defense system for North America. On the map, lines of radar stations are shown: The DEW line;Mid Canada line; and the Pine Tree line. Other radar installations are highlighted along East and West coasts on land, on towers in the ocean, on picket ships and on picket aircraft. Sites of the SAGE (Semi-Automatic Ground Environment) network of radars, computer systems, and aircraft command and control equipment are depicted on the U.S. part of the map. The headquarters of NORAD (North American Air Defense Command) at Colorado Springs, Colorado is highlighted. Massey points to models of intercepter missiles and long range bombers, on his desk, and discusses their employment. He then speaks of an intricate communications system to tie everything together. This is depicted on the animated map. Views of men laying telephone cable. Underground view of telephone cables. View of telephone microwave tower. Telephone poles and lines along a rural road. A mother and child telephoning the father long distance. Office workers using telephones. Teletype machines and television communications. A ship laying telephone cable at sea.Map depicts lines of communication provided by undersea cables. views of emergency supplies and equipment available in times of disaster. Downed power lines being repaired. Men at a large emergency diesel generator. Underground communication cables being installed by team of tracked vehicles. Remote lines of communication away from possible targets are depicted.

Date: 1959
Duration: 5 min 6 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Famous international personalities are shown visiting the U.S. in the 1920s. This is followed by message from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization

A 1959 production featuring footage of personalities visiting the United States circa 1920s. Douglas Edwards, an American television anchor speaks about the people who visited America. The French actress Sarah Bernhardt visits America. She is greeted by the people. In 1914 she is honored by the French government. Madam Ernestine Schumann-Heink, famous contralto, on board ship with friends. Modern interpretive dancer Ruth St. Denis, with a troupe of women dancers. Russian composer, conductor, and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff, onboard ship. Polish pianist and statesman, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, arriving in America. Famous Irish tenor, John McCormack, arriving in America. Italian tenor, Enrico Caruso, seen with friends, as he visits America. George Bernard Shaw, the Irish playwright visits America. Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle, creator of the Sherlock Holmes stands with his family. Maurice Maetterlinck, Belgian playwright and Nobel laureate on deck with companion. Michael Arlen, best-selling author,arrives in America. Joseph Conrad, Polish-born English novelist, is seen with ship's officers. British writer, H.G.Wells, doffs his hat as he arrives on a ship to America. Douglas Edwards then presents a public interest announcement about civil defense planning, for the U.S. Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization, sponsor of the show. . This is followed by voice-over from unidentified speaker urging citizens to take part in civil defense. Shown is a cutaway view illustrating emergency supplies of canned foods, and other supplies stored in a home basement for emergencies. A sign describes it as part of a "Family Fallout Shelter."

Date: 1925
Duration: 4 min 33 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Fictional enactment of U.S. actions in response to enemy bomber attack against North America

Air raid alarm sounding and civilians in New York City running down into subway for shelter. Surface-to-air BOMARC missiles raising into firing position. Civil Defense Air Raid Warden, in white helmet, directing people to shelter. BOMARC and NIKE-Hercules missiles readied for launch. F-102 interceptor aircraft in flight. NORAD personnel monitoring radar displays. Formation of F-102s and closeup of a pilot in a cockpit. Activities of personnel inside NORAD command Center, coordinating defense forces. NORAD Commander, General Laurence S. Kuter, on "Red Phone" for conference call receiving White House authority to strike back. SAC bomber crews scramble to their bomber aircraft. B-47s and B-52s taking off. NORAD headquarters authorizing missile sites to commence firing.SM-65 Atlas missiles being launched. Nike-Hercules missiles being raised and BOMARC missiles being fired. Enemy aircraft being destroyed in the air, by missiles. Comments by actor Raymond Massey regarding U.S. military preparedness.

Date: 1959
Duration: 4 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Color
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
A cold wave leads to freezing of Niagara Falls in North America and an ice bridge builds up in the gorge.

The Niagara Falls freezes due to cold wave. Women and children look at the Niagara Falls which has frozen due to a cold wave. Ice accumulates against the wall. Ice floats in water. Ice walls hang from the rocks. A 30 feet thick bridge of ice at the bottom of the gorge.

Date: 1959, January 8
Duration: 45 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
People remove snow from houses after avalanches in Northern Italy.

Destruction due to avalanches in Northern Italy. Snow covered buildings and huts. People remove snow with spades. People remove snow from a damaged house. Heavy snow on the ground and houses. People struggle to clear it and search for avalanche survivors. From a March 12, 1959 newsreel featuring events from 25 years earlier.

Date: 1934, March
Duration: 18 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
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