February 27, 2006

Air Raid Drills.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 7:58 pm

Mushroom cloud.jpgVelociman, in this post, talked about the Civil Defense Days, when the nation feared an attack by the Russians, our cold war enemy. I remember those days well.

As school children were taught the proper things to do if Russia decided to “drop the big one” on the New York environs (as if any damned thing we did would have mattered). Those were indeed the “Duck and Cover” Days. A few times per year, the grammar school faculty would herd us all into the basement of the school, where they would lead us in song. As I recall, the song we regularly sang was, “He’s Got the Whole World in his Hands”, and this was a public school.

Nowadays if public school teachers led students in that song, the blast that would come from the ACLU would make the Russian “big one” look and sound like a mere firecracker.


  1. The Russkies would call it “Tsar Psalma”.

    Comment by Velociman — February 27, 2006 @ 8:59 pm

  2. I remember the drill: In case of a nuclear attack, proceed to the Civil Defense shelter. Position your head between your knees and k*ss your ass goodbye.

    Comment by Cousin Jack — February 28, 2006 @ 2:23 am

  3. When I was in the Army, the “official” advice for dealing with a nuclear attack was to hit the ground, cover your head and face away from the heat and bright light. The “unofficial” advice was just that — “Put your head between your legs, and kiss your ass good-bye.”

    Comment by Jim - Parkway Rest Stop — February 28, 2006 @ 2:29 am

  4. As I attended a Catholic school, some young nun would lead us into the shelter and begin group prayers. Not quite as comforting as it might seem.

    Later in life, I explained to a young Sailor that carrier duty consisted of launching the nuke strike against the bad guys then waiting for the incoming. . . no way they could miss us. Much more comforting.

    Comment by MCPO Airdale — February 28, 2006 @ 9:31 am

  5. Anyone remember the moldy saltine crackers stored in the 55 gal. drums in the CD shelters? Anything’s better when it sits on a Ritz after the blitz.

    Comment by nesselrode5 — February 28, 2006 @ 11:10 am

  6. Brings to mind the movie “Fail Safe”.

    Comment by imp — February 28, 2006 @ 3:10 pm

  7. I don’t remember if we did “duck and cover” for that specifically – in the Midwest they used it for both the bomb and tornado drills. So it all runs together in my mind.

    Comment by Teresa — February 28, 2006 @ 6:04 pm

  8. Jimbo I can also remember the air raid test siren they use to sound off at 12 o clock noon sat.

    Comment by chef of da future — February 28, 2006 @ 7:33 pm

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