This is a fascinating bit of history that my friend Vicki reminded me was on YouTube. This is an Army propaganda film about an exercise that took place in 1959 in my home town of Danville, Va. Apparently, the premise was a foreign army took over Danville and the US Army had to liberate it.
The first few minutes of the first segment are also fascinating to me as they illustrate a vibrant Southside Virginia town that is gone with the winds of change. A city of 50,000 people dependent on tobacco and textiles. Danville was either a victim of history or a city not wise enough to look forward and plan for the future. Depends on your point of view.
My father took some home movies of this that are in our family archives, but this is the first time I ever saw the whole professional version. It’s really kind of sad to see what the town was and how it has lost amost all it’s charm and hope since this was produced. It’s also gives you a hint as to the mindset that hasn’t changed much since 1959. Much is between the lines….