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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
 
 
Personnel work with equipment and on controls and remove ice from USS Skate at the North Pole.

USS Skate submarine at the North Pole. USS Skate (a U.S. Navy submarine) underway and heads towards the North Pole. U.S. officers confer sitting around a table. U.S. Navy personnel work with equipment and on controls. The personnel receive weather information on screens in the control room. USS Skate surfaces at the North Pole. The personnel use tools to remove ice from USS Skate.

Date: 1959, April 6
Duration: 1 min 20 sec
Sound: Yes
Color: Monochrome
Clip Type: Edited
Language: English
 
 
Setting up of Camp Century by United States Army engineers in Greenland.

'The story of camp Century: The city under ice' Location of Camp Century on a map of Greenland. Distance of the camp from North Pole. United States Army engineers arrive in Greenland in 1959 to set up Camp Century. Officers survey the snow covered area Engineer looks through leveling instrument. A scale shows the thickness of snow on the ground. Men erect flags to demarcate the boundary for Camp Century. Convoy of sleds carrying construction, food and other supplies arrives, cranes unload supply boxes. Wanigans also bring in supply boxes. Men with sled dogs on their backs enter wanigans and a caterpillar tractor pulls a series of wanigans. Men board polar cabs. Light aircraft lifts off. A cook in a kitchen inside a vehicle cuts meat. Soldiers being served food, men sleep in navy bunks. A convoy on the move.

Date: 1961
Duration: 6 min 43 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
 
 
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
 
 
Marine officer of U.S. 6th Marine Division makes a speech during flag raising ceremony on Northern tip of Okinawa.

U.S. Marines, 2nd Battalion, 22nd Regiment, 6th Division raise flag on Northern tip of Okinawa. Marine officer in fatigues makes a speech in microphone held by another Marine during flag raising ceremony. Other Marines stand around in the background. Officer has pistol with shoulder holster on. Honor Guard in fatigues and helmets come to present arms with weapons as flag is about to be raised. Bugle in the foreground sounding Colors. Marines salute flag as the flag flies on pole. Marines look up at the flag flying on pole.

Date: 1945, April 12
Duration: 1 min 42 sec
Sound: No
Color: Color
Clip Type: Unedited
Language: None
 
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