EXERCISE SQUARE LEG.  United Kingdom. 1980.  The United Kingdom conducted Exercise Square Leg in 1980 as its national emergency exercise.  The nuclear scenario resulted in 29,000,000 fatalities and 6,000,000 injured in a Soviet first strike with no civilian evacuation of target areas. 

Sources: Turney, Simon, former Director of West Yorkshire Fire and Civil Defence Authority,"Deadliest decades divide the nation," Civil Protection, Number 51, London, United Kingdom, Home Office, Winter 2000/2001, pages 8-10.

Entry 04116 - posted 21 January 2004