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Secrets of the Dead: The Man Who Saved the World
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As it turned out, naval officer Basil Archipov had earlier been on board a Russian nuclear submarine K-19 which had serious reactor problems. It unleashed deadly radiation and killed quite a few crew members trying to deal with the problem. Officer Archipov knew first hand the horrors of atomic radiation and he must have used that experience to veto the decision to launch nuclear bombs at the United States. (Later he died from that radiation)
When too many are using guns or car bombs to attack civilians, innocents, even children, it is reassuring to know that there are still clear thinking individuals who have the sense to put an end to "grand violence."
From my heart, I thank you Mr. Archipov; I do hope your wisdom and restraint prevails in the future.
I gave the movie 4 stars rather than 5 because it only hints at the Soviet dissatisfaction with Basil Archipov and the submarine crew when the vessel limped back to Russia after being forced to surface and return home. That part of the story needs to be told also.
PBS occasionally produces these historical documentaries suitable for a 1-hour TV show, and later releases them on DVD. They make for some pretty interesting histories, and the profit is used by PBS to help fund new projects.
This one is about the Cuban missile crisis in October 1962, and in particular the mission of 4 Soviet submarines.
As the US became aware of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba and demanded their removal, Russia sent 4 submarines each armed with one nuclear missile, to dock at a harbor in Cuba (to be used as counter pressure to US demands). Later as the US announced a naval “quarantine”, Moscow communicated to them not to enter the harbor but to make to the Sargasso sea (near Cuba) and there standby undetected until they received further instructions.
Several facts then complicated the situation. The sub commanders were authorized to fire on attacking vessels without approval from higher up. However launching their nuclear missile would require the approval of the head of the Navy, who was on board one of the submarines.
Russia would have sent nuclear-fueled subs on this mission but for a meltdown on board one of their nuclear powered subs not long before, which led them to ground the rest of that fleet until they could prevent a recurrence. As a result the subs they sent on this mission were of the older diesel-electric variety. They had to resurface every 12 hours or so to charge their electrical systems (the film didn’t explain the science of that) which put them at a much greater risk of being spotted. Plus, they did not have air conditioning.Read more ›
there are no extras, too bad because there's more to the story.
it would have been nice to provide more of nuclear sub that had radiation leak which caused the use of diesel subs.
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Some inside info that people didn't know about and almost WWIIIPublished 1 month ago by Peter J. Campo
If true, this is amazing. Have not seen this story anywhere ele.Published 11 months ago by H CHAMBLEE
Everyone should know the story of the man who saved the world during the Cuban Missile crisis. There was another Russian who saved the world in the 1980s.Published 13 months ago by George B. Purdy