Deterrent Weapon

The history of the atomic bomb

When the USA exploded two nuclear bombs over Japan in 1945, it was perhaps the largest demonstration of power in the history of civilisation. But there was more to follow, for the devastating explosions over Hiroshima and Nagasaki were just the starting point of a desperate arms race between the USA and the Soviet Union – and during the next 40 years, the nuclear stockpiles of the super powers would grow at an alarming rate leading, on several occasions, to the world being so close to a nu-
clear war.

It wasn’t until the end of the cold war that thousands of nuclear bombs were disarmed – and the world could once more, breathe easily – at least for a while.

Today, the number of countries with atomic weapon arsenals is on the increase and alongside the likelihood that terrorist groups could, any day, get their hands on
this deadly technology, is greater
than ever.


  • Producer & Director:

    Jakob Gottschau

  • Research:

    Lise Clemmensen

  • Photo:

    Michael Daugaard

  • Film Editor:

    Camilla Schyberg

  • Music:

    Niels Mosumgaard

  • Narrator:

    Brian Patterson, Mads Baastrup

  • Sound Editor and Colorist:

    Gert Gregersen

  • Production DR:

    Helle Green

  • Editor DR:

    Mads Baastrup

  • Executive Producer DR:

    Ole Hjortdal