Cinema History from the Cold War!

Protection Against Nuclear Radiation
Office of Civil Defense
Department of the Army


Protection Against Nuclear Radiation was born out of a tradition started in 1963 when Wilding Productions teamed with the Department of Defense to create About Fallout and its abbreviated companion, Briefly About Fallout.  These two films enjoyed a wide dispersal across a range of audiences and proved to be a very popular way to spread basic information concerning fallout protection.  Building off of the success of these films, Protection Against Nuclear Radiation is very similar in structure and design to the About Fallout series, namely in stressing the presence of natural radiation and incorporating several scenes of animation.  Given its short run time, the film sticks to highlighting the most general facts about shielding and the National Fallout Shelter Program, and was most likely intended as an introductory film or a visual supplement to an expert lecturer.