A 55 minute programme which provides a definitive study of how in the 1980’s we had come to the brink of a man made cataclysm. For five thousand years warfare has been an intrinsic, even indispensable part of the style of living which we call civilisation. Up to only two hundred years ago, warefare threatened hardly anybody except soliders. Now in underground control rooms on three different continents, men sit every every hour of every day waiting for the order to launch the nuclear missiles of World War Three. For the first time in history, modern technology and organisations have made warfare so complete and efficient that it can destroy us all. How did we arrive at this? Journalist Gwynne Dyer who wrote the War series which this film was a part of, was a reserve officer in the American, British and Canadian Navies, taught military affairs at Canadian Forces College, and also was a senior lecturier in War Studies at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst.
You cannot fight a war without soldiers. This film offers frank insights into techniques that all armies use to motivate recruits – techniques which are akin to brainwashing. A gripping study of what it takes to change ordinary civillians into the staple of wars: soldiers readt to kill, even to die for their country.
This film made in 1983 reflects the political situation of the time it was made. The imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards but is useful for historical use.
This programme can be rented on our Video on Demand system for £2.00, for this you can view as often as you like within a 48 hour period of your own choosing, the film is available to stream or download for £10.00.