DIRECTOREspar, David
TITLEWar in the Nuclear Age: Part IV, Europe Goes Nuclear
DISTRIBUTORAnnenberg/CPB Project
RUNNING TIME60 minutes

This film focuses on the growth of nuclear arsenals in Europe from 1945 to 1968. In the early 1950s the United States’ nuclear superiority and Western Europe’s weakness in defending itself against the Soviet Union prompted the United States to send troops to Europe. Britain and France joined the ranks of nuclear nations in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and with West Germany and the United States, they stepped up nuclear defense as a deterrent to the Soviet Union. The film suggests that there was a shift in American thought once it was discovered that Soviet nuclear divisions were not as strong as previously thought. The United States wished to scale back its nuclear weapons arsenals, while its European counterparts wanted to continue NATO’s stance to use nuclear weapons if necessary. The film is the fourth of a thirteen part series, including interviews and original footage, on World War II and the Cold War through the Reagan administration.

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