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The Battle of Chernobyl 

La bataille de Tchernobyl (original title)
Documentary of the nuclear disaster of Chernobyl.


Thomas Johnson




Episode credited cast:
Tim Birkett Tim Birkett ... Narrator (voice)
Hans Blix Hans Blix ... Self
Mikhail Gorbachev ... Self
Oleg Mirochnikov Oleg Mirochnikov ... Translator
Vassili Nesterenko Vassili Nesterenko ... Self - nuclear physicist


On April 26, 1986, a 1,000 feet high flame rises into the sky of the Ukraine. The fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant just exploded. A battle begins in which 500,000 men are engaged throughout the Soviet Union to "liquidate" the radioactivity, build the "sarcophagus" of the damaged reactor and save the world from a second explosion that would have destroyed half of Europe. Become a reference film, this documentary combines testimonials and unseen footage, tells for the first time the Battle of Chernobyl.

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Vassili Nesterenko: [speaks Russian; subtitles read] If the heat managed to crack the cement slab, only 1400 kg of the uranium and graphite mixture would have had to hit the water to set off a new explosion.
Narrator: The ensuing chain reaction could set off an explosion comparable to a gigantic atomic bomb.
Vassili Nesterenko: Our experts studied the possibility and concluded that the explosion would have had a force of 3 to 5 megatons.
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13 September 2014 | by MandricusSee all my reviews

One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. I can't believe it has only one review. Trust me, this is absolutely a must see. especially for new generations. They need to understand what we risked with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster! The whole Europe could have become inhabitable!

The documentary contains rare original footage, and interviews with the people were there in the days of the disaster. The people that contribute, with their heroic sacrifices, to avoid the worst human catastrophe in our history. Absolutely terrifying to discover what we risked, and the fact that, at the times (I live in Italy) we were told almost nothing about the true risks.

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Release Date:

2006 (Italy) See more »

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A csernobili csata See more »

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1.33 : 1
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