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Secret footage reveals defence personnel training for nuclear attack on NI by the Soviet Union

Amid fears of a nuclear Armageddon during the Cold War years, 1989 footage shows civilian army unit contingency planning in event of strike from the USSR

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Alastair McCann's restored Royal Observer Corps monitoring post near Portadown. Photo: C Woodhouse

Alastair McCann's restored Royal Observer Corps monitoring post near Portadown. Photo: C Woodhouse

A mushroom cloud after the explosion of a French atomic bomb above the atoll of Mururoa, also known as Aopuni in 1971

A mushroom cloud after the explosion of a French atomic bomb above the atoll of Mururoa, also known as Aopuni in 1971

Royal Observer Corps at its Lisburn headquarters in 1989. Photo: C Woodhouse

Royal Observer Corps at its Lisburn headquarters in 1989. Photo: C Woodhouse

Alastair McCann's restored Royal Observer Corps monitoring post near Portadown. Photo: C Woodhouse

Alastair McCann's restored Royal Observer Corps monitoring post near Portadown. Photo: C Woodhouse

Alastair McCann's restored Royal Observer Corps monitoring post near Portadown. Photo: C Woodhouse

SECRET footage of defence personnel training for a nuclear attack on Northern Ireland by the Soviet Union has come to light after more than 30 years.

The 1989 recording shows men and women of the Royal Observer Corps (ROC) calmly plotting simulated atomic blasts using computers, maps and telephones at its Lisburn bunker HQ.

It was given to Cold War buff Alastair McCann, who bought and restored an ROC bunker outside Portadown, one of more than 1,500 which were dotted across the United Kingdom.