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Introduction by George Kupczak of the AT&T Archives and History Center

The film documents the construction and completion of the radar defense network above the Arctic Circle by the men and women of the Bell System and Western Electric, working in conjunction with the military. The project's story is told from inception until the radar system was operational, turned over to the U.S. Air Force.

The film shows the extreme conditions under which construction took place--the almost inaccessible sites, the extremely rough terrain, and the permanently-frozen ground. Construction took a number of phases to overcome these difficulties, from every item parachuted in, to landing strip building, to icebreakers and ships providing supplies for the stations. In these phases, bulldozers were parachuted in, boats moved over land, and buildings were anchored in the permafrost.

Producer: Audio Productions

Footage Courtesy of the AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

Release date: 02/21/2011