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I’m old enough now, to remember the dis-belief that many of us expressed, when we heard about the government plans for civil defence in the event of a nuclear blast. Such gems as putting brown tape over the windows, [that’s to deal with the nuclear heat blast]


When the Protect and Survive leaflet was released in 1980 its contents shocked many people and added to the general air of nuclear paranoia that peaked in the mid 80s. The fact that the government were actually preparing leaflets for distribution in the event of nuclear war made it obvious that they saw it as a real possibility. This inevitably influenced British culture of the time, including films, music and comedy.


Protect and Survive was a major influence for Raymond Briggs’ superb cartoon book and film “When the Wind Blows” (1986) the title for which was taken from the introduction to the leaflet. http://us.imdb.com/Title?0090315

…. and here it is, the original document. [really, have we come such a long way since then? me thinks not!]

Protect and Survive

This booklet tells you how to make your home and family as safe as possible under nuclear attack: