History Film / FirstStrike

24th Mar '16 1:16:56 PM eroock
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* [[WhackAMonster Whack A Missile]]: The plans for the MX ICBM (later called the LGM-118 Peacekeeper) was a rare non-game example of the trope. To strike a balance between having easily viewable missiles for the purpose of strategic arms reduction and the ability to conceal the missiles so that they wouldn't be easy targets for Soviet nukes, each missile was planned to have multiple shelters and launch sites, up to ''23'', in which they would be shuffled around randomly via underground railways. This would force the Soviets to commit ''much'' more of their nuclear arsenal just to destroy America's own.

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* [[WhackAMonster Whack A Missile]]: The plans for the MX ICBM (later called the LGM-118 Peacekeeper) was a rare non-game example of the trope. To strike a balance between having easily viewable missiles for the purpose of strategic arms reduction and the ability to conceal the missiles so that they wouldn't be easy targets for Soviet nukes, each missile was planned to have multiple shelters and launch sites, up to ''23'', in which they would be shuffled around randomly via underground railways. This would force the Soviets to commit ''much'' more of their nuclear arsenal just to destroy America's own.
25th Oct '15 11:43:33 PM BNSF1995
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* AcceptableBreaksFromReality: It is generally agreed upon that the scenario depicted in the first part of the film is extremely unrealistic. For one, the Soviet Navy would never have been able to get to the America coast undetected, mainly because Soviet submarine technology in 1979 could never breach American sonar detection. Also, the president surrenders a bit too easily; in real-life, the Soviet strike would have been met by the full mobilization of all conventional NATO forces in Europe. Also not taken into account are the British and French nuclear arsenals, which the Soviets didn't bother dealing with, not to mention the high probability of an invasion from China, which is a whole other can of worms.
25th Oct '15 11:36:01 PM BNSF1995
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* BittersweetEnding: The Soviets destroy all of the United States' nuclear forces before they could strike, and the president orders all forces to stand down, effectively surrendering to the Soviets. Surprisingly, though, only eight million are killed because the strike was completely targeted at military targets (this isn't even 25% of America's population circa 1979), but the survivors will certainly suffer under Soviet tyranny and oppression.


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This effectively means that the Soviets have won what many assumed was an unwinnable war, and they will get away with annexing the United States. Worse still is that America's NATO allies can do nothing or risk destruction themselves.
25th Oct '15 11:28:28 PM BNSF1995
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** Submarines could land nukes on enemy targets in mere minutes, since they could launch right off of the enemy's coast. As submarines, they were also the most well-protected of the three strategic arms--but their lack of accuracy (in 1979 at least) made them only useful for destroying "soft" targets (such as bomber airfields--or, as Dr. Schlesinger put it, "city busting").

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** Submarines could land nukes on enemy targets in mere minutes, since they could launch right off of the enemy's coast. As submarines, they were also the most well-protected of the three strategic arms--but their lack of accuracy (in 1979 at least) made them only useful for destroying "soft" targets (such as bomber airfields--or, as Dr. Schlesinger put it, "city busting"). There is also the ever-present threat of mines, anti-submarine ships packing depth charges, and anti-submarine aircraft.
26th Jul '15 4:20:03 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: This documentary was produced right at the start of the "Second Cold War" period; the Soviets [[UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan invaded Afghanistan]] later in the same year, and were displaying a far more aggressive, expansionist posture than before.



* FromRussiaWithNukes: Advances in Soviet nuclear capabilities are a central topic, specifically with its [=ICBMs=] and bombers. In discussing the development of the B-1 Lancer, the documentary notes that the Soviet Union already had a similar aircraft deployed--the Tu-22M "Backfire."



* PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower: [[CaptainObvious No surprise there.]] The documentary seeks to convince its audience that ''In''ferior Firepower would provoke a nuclear war or compromise America's political clout.



* RedsWithRockets: Oh so ''many'' rockets. Compare this film and its perceptions of the Soviet military with the overview of military strategy offered on the ForcesWithFirepower page.



* YanksWithTanks: There's a number of mentions of non-nuclear weapons platforms, mostly within the context of defending against Soviet bombers.
20th Apr '15 9:08:26 PM jormis29
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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: This documentary was produced right at the start of the "Second Cold War" period; the Soviets [[SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan invaded Afghanistan]] later in the same year, and were displaying a far more aggressive, expansionist posture than before.

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* UsefulNotes/ColdWar: This documentary was produced right at the start of the "Second Cold War" period; the Soviets [[SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan [[UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan invaded Afghanistan]] later in the same year, and were displaying a far more aggressive, expansionist posture than before.
3rd Jan '15 1:54:59 AM TrevMUN
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It's important for modern viewers to understand the historical context of this documentary. ''First Strike'' was produced at the start of the "[[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Second Cold War]]" in which the Soviet Union undertook a ''massive'' buildup of its 'second-strike' nuclear forces to eliminate [[RedChina the PRC]] and USA's capacity to conduct a successful ''first strike'' upon her; previous US planning in the 1950s-70s had seriously considered the effects and use of First Strikes, but after this period they did not. The USSR also invested frantically in its regular military forces, fearing that the build-up of the People's Liberation Army and the adoption of new weapons-guidance systems by NATO forces had dangerously eroded her non-nuclear defensive capabilities. All this marked the end of the period of détente that followed the CubanMissileCrisis.

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It's important for modern viewers to understand the historical context of this documentary. ''First Strike'' was produced at the start of the "[[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Second "Second Cold War]]" War," in which the Soviet Union undertook underwent a ''massive'' buildup of its 'second-strike' nuclear forces to eliminate [[RedChina the PRC]] and USA's capacity to conduct a successful ''first strike'' upon her; previous US planning in the 1950s-70s had seriously considered the effects and use of First Strikes, but after this period they did not. The USSR also invested frantically in its regular own military forces, fearing that the build-up of the People's Liberation Army and the adoption of new weapons-guidance systems by NATO forces had dangerously eroded her non-nuclear defensive capabilities. All this marked the end of resuming an aggressive expansionistic political stance after the period of détente that followed the CubanMissileCrisis.
31st Oct '14 12:45:43 PM LongLiveHumour
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->''Since the [[WorldWarTwo Second World War]], the ultimate security of the United States has depended on [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower the awesome destructive power of its strategic nuclear forces]] to deter thermo-nuclear war. The strength of this deterrence was based on the calculation that [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction we would inflict terrible destruction in retaliation for a nuclear attack]].\\

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->''Since the [[WorldWarTwo [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo Second World War]], the ultimate security of the United States has depended on [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower the awesome destructive power of its strategic nuclear forces]] to deter thermo-nuclear war. The strength of this deterrence was based on the calculation that [[MutuallyAssuredDestruction we would inflict terrible destruction in retaliation for a nuclear attack]].\\



* ColdWar: This documentary was produced right at the start of the "Second Cold War" period; the Soviets [[SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan invaded Afghanistan]] later in the same year, and were displaying a far more aggressive, expansionist posture than before.

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* ColdWar: UsefulNotes/ColdWar: This documentary was produced right at the start of the "Second Cold War" period; the Soviets [[SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan invaded Afghanistan]] later in the same year, and were displaying a far more aggressive, expansionist posture than before.
29th Oct '14 7:07:36 AM MAI742
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It's important for modern viewers to understand the historical context of this documentary. ''First Strike'' was produced at the start of the "[[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Second Cold War]]" in which the Soviet Union undertook a ''massive'' buildup of its own 'second-strike' nuclear forces to eliminate [[RedChina the PRC]] and USA's capacity to conduct a successful ''first strike'' upon her; previous US planning in the 1950s-70s had seriously considered the effects and use of First Strikes, but after this period they did not. The USSR also invested frantically in its regular military forces, fearing that the build-up of the People's Liberation Army and the adoption of new weapons-guidance systems by NATO forces had dangerously eroded her non-nuclear defensive capabilities. All this marked the end of the period of détente that followed the CubanMissileCrisis.

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It's important for modern viewers to understand the historical context of this documentary. ''First Strike'' was produced at the start of the "[[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Second Cold War]]" in which the Soviet Union undertook a ''massive'' buildup of its own 'second-strike' nuclear forces to eliminate [[RedChina the PRC]] and USA's capacity to conduct a successful ''first strike'' upon her; previous US planning in the 1950s-70s had seriously considered the effects and use of First Strikes, but after this period they did not. The USSR also invested frantically in its regular military forces, fearing that the build-up of the People's Liberation Army and the adoption of new weapons-guidance systems by NATO forces had dangerously eroded her non-nuclear defensive capabilities. All this marked the end of the period of détente that followed the CubanMissileCrisis.
29th Oct '14 7:07:02 AM MAI742
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It's important for modern viewers to understand the historical context of this documentary. ''First Strike'' was produced at the start of the "Second Cold War," in which the Soviet Union underwent a ''massive'' buildup of its own military forces, resuming an aggressive expansionistic political stance after the period of détente that followed the CubanMissileCrisis.

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It's important for modern viewers to understand the historical context of this documentary. ''First Strike'' was produced at the start of the "Second "[[UsefulNotes/HistoryOfTheColdWar Second Cold War," War]]" in which the Soviet Union underwent undertook a ''massive'' buildup of its own 'second-strike' nuclear forces to eliminate [[RedChina the PRC]] and USA's capacity to conduct a successful ''first strike'' upon her; previous US planning in the 1950s-70s had seriously considered the effects and use of First Strikes, but after this period they did not. The USSR also invested frantically in its regular military forces, resuming an aggressive expansionistic political stance after fearing that the build-up of the People's Liberation Army and the adoption of new weapons-guidance systems by NATO forces had dangerously eroded her non-nuclear defensive capabilities. All this marked the end of the period of détente that followed the CubanMissileCrisis.
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